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Historic Micere Mugo Lecture - Kwani Litfest 2010
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July 2017 ~ "Enter the Kingdom" appears at The New Engagement, Issue #12 July 2017. "The apocalypse has never been delivered with such harrowing eloquence."
 
Spring - Summer 2017 ~  Love art? Love quirky short stories?  Tootie-Do Press invites pre-orders  of THE CONTEST & OTHER STORIES  $3 and $5 options!
 
April 2017 ~ Honored to place in the top 50 of 500 manuscripts in the Summer Literary Seminars Contest with the unpublished short story, "The Respect of Stone."
 
November 2016 ~ Honored and humbled to attend the Silence.Awareness.Existence Residency, Arteles Creative Center, Haukijärvi, Finland. Many thanks to multimedia artist Nathaniel Ober, who conceived of and coordinated the Breaking Silence collaborative experience, the voices of thirteen international artists, for which I read two flash stories inspired by dreams.

November 2016 ~ Jellyfish Day: Love Trumps Hate Trumps Love Trumps Hate : A Wrathful Dakini on Trump's Narcissist Bent.

August 2016 ~ Come geek out with me over at  R e a d i n g. t h e. F a n t a s t i c!

November 2015 ~ "Enter the Kingdom,a literary dystopic sci-fi story, was one of the top 25 shortlisted stories in the 2015 Almond Press Apocalypse Chronicles short story competition.

October 2015 ~ "Cheater," a riff on violence in the Wild West, now appears in the new Manifest West #4 - Western Weird!

April 2015 ~ I'm yakking it up about my new role as small press publisher and student-to-be hopeful in Life in a Nutshell at Jellyfish Day.

March 2015 ~ Received word that a collaborative tale, "Cheater" (written with Joe DiBuduo) will appear this summer in the "Western Weird" edition of Manifest West by Western State Press of Western State Colorado University. Stay tuned!

January 2015 ~ I have a poem in a new June Cotner inspirational poetry anthology, Get Well Wishes, due for March publication.

November 2014 ~ Check out my new author interview at Smashwords! I also have a reprinted story in the November issue of Beyond Science Fiction, and a poem in June Cotner's prayer and poem anthology, Back to Joy.

October 2014 ~ Writing for Social Justice at Jellyfish Day.

September 2014 ~ I'm yakking it up at Pekoe Blaze and at The Thursday Interview  about metaphysical sci-fi and other stuff!

August 2014 ~ Heart of Desire: 11.11.11 Redux is available on Amazon! Check out my recent interview, "Lover of Dreams . . . Kate Robinson!" at Kev's Blog.

November 2013 ~ Sheer Cliffs and Shearwaters: Interview with Richard Kipling at Jellyfish Day.

June 2013 ~ Geek Out!  A guest blog with comics writer CA Brown at Jellyfish Day.

February 2013 ~ Gila Angel, the last of my completed nature essays, is posted at Writing the Whirlwind, Issue 4, Spring 2013.

January 2013 ~ Check out Iron Grip: An Interview with Willma Willis Gore at Jellyfish Day.

November 2012 ~ Tribute to Orpheus 2 (Kearney Street Books, 2012) is available in paperback and Kindle edition. I didn't know until I began reading it myself in March 2013 that my story, "Dancing Universe," is the opening story . . . enjoy the music!

July 2012 ~ The Memory Eater anthology (CP Anthologies, 2012) is live on Amazon - Available in paperback and Kindle Edition! This illustrated sci-fi / horror collection is a great summer beach read.

A big *shout-out* to artist Noel Arthur Heimpel for his fab artwork for "Lost Memories," the anthology story I co-authored with writer buddy Joe DiBuduo.

March 2012 ~ Check out my interview of author Gene Twaronite - oh, and John Boggle - on Jellyfish Day.

February 2012 ~ It's a blessing to have two poems in the lovely multi-faith anthology, Meditations on Divine Names (Moonrise Press).

November 2011 ~ I'm thankful for TWO new publications - a prayer included in June Cotner's lovely Say a Little Prayer journal AND my retold folktale, "Great Spirit's Butterflies", included in Pandora's Box Suite, a full-color multimedia anthology of prose, poetry, and artwork. Oh, and wait, it’s much more than a book – there’s a treasure box and an audio CD! 

September 2011 ~ "Respect of Stone" is a longlist finalist in the 2011 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest,

July 2011 ~ Check out my interview of author Carl Hitchens and a review of his cross-genre memoir, Sitting With Warrior on Jellyfish Day.

December 2010 ~ The 2010 SLS Kenya fiction & poetry workshops on December 3-21 with Terese Svoboda & Cornelius Eady, Kenya Between the Lines with Billy Kahora and Ed Pavlic, and the Kwani Litfest with a host of Kenyan literary luminaries, were a real joy and the inspiration of a lifetime.

October / November 2010 ~ My dissertation novella, Loop, shortlisted (top five) in the Texas Review Press Clay Reynolds Novella Prize competition.

May 2010 ~ "Li'l Bit", a picture book tale, wins 4th Runner-up in the Juvenile Fiction Category of the Alabama Writers Conclave Writing Contest.

And the 2009-2010 Postgrad Creative Writers at Aberystwyth University held our different WORLDS magazine launch at the UWA Arts Centre Bookshop.

April 2010 ~ My short story "The Respect of Stone" placed in the top 50 of 1200 manuscripts in the 2010 SLS Literary Seminars Contest, giving me a discount for the 2010 SLS Kenya program in December.

 

January - April 2010 ~  I greatly enjoyed my Spring term internship at the New Welsh Review with Editor Kathryn Gray and Development Manager Sue Fisher. My name is also included on the Issue 87 masthead.

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October 2009  International Excellence Scholarship Award Evening 


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REVIEWS

   

HEART OF DESIRE: 11.11.11 Redux
 
"The star of the novel is definitely young Mikka Delaraye Vaughn, a complex character that draws attention immediately. The cast of characters is a deft masterpiece in character development that rivals Diana Gabaldon, George R.R. Martin, and Michael Crichton."  
 
Penelope Anne Bartotto, InD'Tales, 2016
 
 
"Heart of Desire is a well-told story with a lot of moving parts that Kate Robinson deftly juggles."
 
~ Ryan Jordan, Readers' Favorite 2015
 

Crazy and Believable!
 
ET's, conspiracy theory, untapped potential of the brain and the power of love: if you weren't a believer before, you just might become one by turning the pages of Heart of Desire. Kate Robinson's obvious experience of the Arizona desert and her knowledge of such far flung fields as Buddhism, politics, history and archeology impart a realism that sustains the fantasy. As you read the final page of the epilogue, you will ask yourself, "Did that happen?" "Could it?"

~ Garry Griffiths - Amazon.com, 2015

 
"I finished reading your amazing novel last week and want to send my applause for what you reveal in expertise. Besides good, clear writing, you demonstrated deep knowledge of insider Washington D.C., familiarity with extraterrestrial “wisdom," Native American history/beliefs, Buddhism, parenting, etc.    
 
  ~ Willma Willis Gore, author of Iron Grip and If Coyote Smiles, 2015
 
 
"What is hovering in the sky above the White House and the halls of power in Washington, D.C. besides global warming, political intrigue, and secret love trysts? Who or what is controlling the balance of power in the ultimate sense, over and above the politicians on Capital Hill and the householders of America? And for what purpose? And from where on earth or beyond?

"Author Kate Robinson adroitly takes the reader through the tumbling complexity of lives at the pinnacle of power, as they unfold, in expected and unexpected ways, beyond public service and elections to something far greater; and perhaps insidious.

"It’s a ride that puts you on a collision course for answers. And you won’t want to put the book down, until you KNOW! And even then you may be looking over your shoulder in case…

"A five-star performance. Bravo!"

~ Carl Hitchens, author of
Sitting with Warrior, 2014
 
 
"Well written, . . . movie script adaptable. Gripping style [Chapter 10] reminded me of Hunter Thompson's 'Gonzo' journalism, i.e. 'Fear & Loathing' - Kate Robinson is a very talented and imaginative writer!"
 
~ Rev. Robert Hanzel, Aquarian Church of Universal Service, 2007 
 
     
"Writing of the prologue and first chapters commands attention, and immediately warns the reader this is future fantasy . . . may be closer to the truth than any of us know . . . I think this writer did an excellent job . . . has thought [the story line] through very carefully and hints at complications with extraterrestrials that stretch the imagination. The writer makes even unlikely scenes between [humans] and extraterrestrials believable . . . The writing is very good. The grammar is excellent. The narration, dialogue and tension are high . . . The reader immediately likes the characters and roots for them."
    
~Anon. Judge, 2006 Arizona Authors Association Literary Competition, Unpublished Novel category
 

ENTER THE KINGDOM

 

"The apocalypse has never been delivered with such harrowing eloquence."

 

~ The New Engagement, Issue #12 July 2017

 

 

A TWISTED GARDEN

 

"A Twisted Garden - by Joe DiBuduo and Kate Robinson - Historical horror with a new spin on a complex artist. I was intrigued the way the writers tied the painting to the story."

 

~ Chantal Boudreau, (Author, Nova Scotia), 2011

 

THE UPSTAIRS ROOM

"Elastic Press has produced several award winning anthologies, and while it’s early days as yet I don’t think anyone will be too surprised if their latest offering follows in the footsteps of its predecessors. Edited by Allen Ashley, Subtle Edens bills itself as ‘an anthology of slipstream fiction’, and they seem to be at some pains to explain what slipstream is, with an introduction by Ashley, an essay by Jeff Gardiner and an afterword by Nicholas Royle." (Elastic Press paperback, 320pp, £7.99)

~ Case Notes 9 / Peter Tennant on Books, 2009

    

"'The Upstairs Room' by Kate Robinson is a superbly written piece in which the reasons Coralie is reluctant to spend time in her bedroom is skilfully revealed; from adolescent angst, to hidden voices, to, well, adding more would mean me including spoilers to some extent. Robinson has a deft talent with words, and I love the way this tale begins almost mundanely in the ordinary but ends up decidedly slipstream as the plot progresses."

 

~ Steven Pirie, The Future Fire Reviews, 2009

     

"To detail each story individually would be a disservice, as the stories need to be experienced. Part of the lack of information will draw you in, play on your own personal sense of unease, often persuading that the fantastic can be found in the most unlikely places."

~ Charles Packer, Sci-Fi online, 2008     

 

"This story has a slow, creeping intensity. . . you deliver a shock with subtle power... Much of the writing throughout the story is vivid, vibrant, intense and involving and your ending is quite chilling in its implications... I was pleasantly reminded at times of the work of Ray Bradbury... also, inevitably, echoes of 'The X Files' and, in the way that an apparently mundane reality is undermined by encroaching horror, the work of Stephen King."

 

~ Allen Ashley, Editor, Subtle Edens, 2008 

THE NATIONAL MALL & MyReportLinks.com Books
 
". . . well-researched historical facts . . . authors also include some unusual and quirky facts that might amuse readers . . . these books provide a structured model of the items needed for librarians or students to construct a research pathfinder.
The limited text, format, and readability level of the books will appeal to reluctant readers. They will also attract student researchers who would rather do their research online but need a print source for their bibliography."
 
~ VOYA, 2006       
 
"Would be helpful in a middle school environment for history projects and casual reading."
 
~Tri State Young Adult Book Review Committee, 2005        
 
 

A PIG OF ILL REPUTE


"We greatly appreciate your support as we strive to transform our urban public schools into amazing places of learning and high achievement!"
 

~Vicky Bamihos, New Leaders for New Schools, 2007     

 

"This is well-written and clever. Love the word play :)"
 

~ Anonymous, StoryBox Library Online, 2007      

PAST THE BONE
 
"I remember the draft of that story from the [Hassayampa Institute] conference . . . loving your voice and dialogue . . . this is beautiful."
 

~ Author Cynthia Allen Ostland, 2005

     

 

"Wow... I just read your story . . . really powerful. I could identify with RaeMae and her feeling of desperation and I only had 5 kids. Thanks for putting me on your mailing list and sharing this story with me."

 

~ Karen Ginn, English Instructor, 2005

 


NATURAL SOUL
 

"Hi, Kate -- and Congratulations! No surprise, tho' -- great story. I remember reading it in its unpublished form and feeling so sad that it arrived after our deadline -- but, then, I knew "Natural Soul" was definitely going to be grabbed quickly by some good journal. DOJ is a wonderful forum -- lots of exposure.  Good job in placing the piece!"

 

~ Yvette A. Schnoeker-Shorb, NATIVE WEST PRESS, 2004

         

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