How nice of you to ask! My name is Katie Haegele, I'm a writer, and I live in Philadelphia. My last name is German and I pronounce it hay-glee. In college I studied linguistics, and I'm still really interested in the thing some people think makes us human. (Language, that is. I happen to think that treating other living creatures with kindness is what makes us human, but that rules out some people, doesn't it? I have to amend this because I now realize that humans are not the only animals capable of empathy. What is it that makes us human, then? Art, I guess. WAIT MAYBE IT'S JOKES holy crap I can't decide, this might be a pointless question.)
I have published essays, reviews, and reported articles in newspapers and magazines, including the Utne Reader, Bitch magazine, Adbusters, The Comics Journal, Philadelphia Magazine, Library Journal, Santa Barbara News-Press, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and elsewhere. My work has also appeared in anthologies, including The Alternative Media Handbook (Routledge), Make a Zine! (Microcosm), My Red Couch: And Other Stories of Seeking a Feminist Faith (Wipf and Stock), and Fanzines (Chronicle). In 2013 my poem "Kaiho (A Definition)" was published as a Poems for All book. I have performed my work at Ladyfest Philly, the RADAR reading series in San Francisco, and MoMA PS1, on the public radio station WXPN, and at a whole lotta little DIY venues. I have also developed a zine workshop that I've presented at Bryn Mawr College, the Philadelphia Book Festival, and several branches of the Philadelphia Free Library.
My first book, a memoir called White Elephants, was published in 2012. Ariel Gore, Tama Janowitz, and Beth Kephart all wrote nice things about it. You can read an excerpt from it here. My second book, a collection of essays about language called Slip of the Tongue, will be out in September 2014. IT'S OUT NOW MAN! GO ORDER A COPY! The poet Lynn Levin wrote this lovely review of the book, and Marilyn Johnson, author of the excellent nonfiction books The Dead Beat and This Book is Overdue!, called it "honest and generous, and alive to the transcendent possibilities of language." Here's an excerpt from that one.
These days I work as an annotator at a linguistics research lab and am a regular contributor to the books section of the Philadelphia Inquirer. I'm a member of the Soapbox Independent Publishing Center, where we host art shows and readings and print things on a sign maker press. I also do a photography project with my friend Nadine Schneider called Portrait of a Closet, for which we talk to people about what they wear, and why. If you'd like to read more about my work—and why in the heck wouldn't you—there's a nice interview with me in the literary magazine apt, one on this feminist literary website, and this article in TIME Magazine, for which the reporter interviewed me about zines. And since I'm fascinated by the idea of the professional "bio," here's another one.