… here's who I am. My name is Katie Haegele, I'm a writer, and I used to live in Philly but now I live out in the country. My last name is German and I pronounce it hayglee. 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 people and living creatures with kindness is what makes us human, but that rules out certain 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. I think it's art. WAIT MAYBE IT'S JOKES holy shit I can't decide this might be a pointless question)
I have published essays, reviews, and articles in newspapers and magazines, including the Utne Reader, the feminist magazine Bitch, Adbusters, The Comics Journal, the Santa Barbara News-Press, Philadelphia Magazine, Library Journal, Artdaily.com, the Miami Herald, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and elsewhere. My work has also appeared in books, including The Alternative Media Handbook, Make a Zine!, and My Red Couch: And Other Stories of Seeking a Feminist Faith. I have done readings on the radio, at Ladyfest Philly, at the University of Pennsylvania's Kelly Writers House, at the RADAR reading series in San Francisco, at the NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1, and in a whole lotta little DIY venues.
These days I'm a regular contributor to the books section of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and in 2013 I started writing about fashion clothing and identity for the Utne Reader online. You can read some of my published pieces on the creative nonfiction page of this website; to read my new stuff as it comes out, or to find out where I'll be doing a reading or another event, please check my "news" blog. If you'd like to read more about my writing or my zines, there's a nice interview with me in the literary magazine apt, and this article in TIME Magazine.
My first book, a memoir called White Elephants, was published by Microcosm in 2012. 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. Here's an excerpt from that one.
If you want to talk about writing or zines or anything, really, just email me at katie at thelalatheory dot com. Oh also I do a blog with my friend Nadine called Portrait of a Closet. We ask people about what they wear and why.
Here's another one.