Since you asked, here's some stuff about me. 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 very 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 written essays and articles for lots of newspapers and magazines, including the Utne Reader
, Bitch Media
, The Comics Journal
, Philadelphia Magazine
, Library Journal
, 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). For several years I worked as a writer and contributing editor to the alt weekly Philadelphia Weekly
, and in 2006 a series of first-person pieces I wrote for the newspaper won third place for column writing from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. In 2013 my poem "Kaiho (A Definition)" was published as a Poems for All
book. I have been a regular contributor to the Philadelphia Inquirer
I have performed my work at Ladyfest Philly, the RADAR reading series in San Francisco, and the NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1; on the public radio station WXPN; and in 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, the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania, and several branches of the Philly 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. My second book, a collection of essays about language called Slip of the Tongue
, came out in 2014. 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." Go order a copy!
I'm currently working on a third book, an illustrated collection of stories about cats, to be published in the spring of 2017.
These days I'm on the board of directors of The Soapbox Community Print Shop & Zine Library
in West Philly, where we host art shows and readings and print things on a letterpress machine. I also host a reading series
with my husband, Joseph Carlough
, and I 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 get in touch with me, please email me at katie at thelalatheory dot com. And since I'm fascinated by the idea of the professional "bio," here's another one