On Cats I've Known
"Writer and zine maker Haegele muses on 44 cats she’s lived with, met, or heard about in brief, sweet essays charmingly illustrated by Trista Vercher....The best entry centers on Trixie, a “little black cat” who lived with the author for 14 years; Haegele offers a loving personality sketch and tribute to her longtime feline companion filled with quirky details such as how she used to tape bird photo “pin-ups” near Trixie’s favorite lounging spot."—Publishers Weekly
"Readers are sure to find at least one cat among those featured whose story and antics appeal or bring back memories of their own feline encounters. The conversational narrative fits well with the relaxed mood of the stories." —Library Journal
"Sometimes, the cats are the stars, and sometimes, they're just bit players. Through them we meet Haegele's friends and family, her Philly neighborhoods (wonderful evocations here of life on the block), and her world of DIY bookmaking, 'zine conventions, reading tours, essays, poetry, funky bookstores, bars, and rock shows. ... Haegele has a humorous, self-deprecating voice ("I walked quietly, my mind full of nonsense as always"), conversational, then - blam! - the arresting image (one house is "loud with silence") or clause ("that dirty kind of longing you feel when you don't get to make peace with something"). ... Cats teach us about death, grief, longing, the solitary life, and the fugitive nature of contentment. Cats are connected to love, disappointment, loss, and frustration. ... This book liberally shares her pleasure and gratitude for them."
"Have you ever known a cat who mattered so much to you, or who was so ubiquitous, you couldn’t imagine a life without them? Katie Haegele has known dozens. In Cats I’ve Known, she offers engaging, humorous and touching chronicles about them, with a rich illustration of the subject accompanying each of the accounts. ... The book is accessible and reads as though it were a personal journal. ... she uses the animals as a gateway into observing the people around her, from family ... to friends and, perhaps most intriguingly, strangers. The book’s strongest moment is when it asks a question many readers may have asked themselves: 'How do you characterize the relationships people have with animals?' For Haegele’s, they’re similar to the relationships she has with people, but 'simpler.' A book about cats could seem banal and hackneyed, especially since the antics of countless fleet-footed felines are just a quick internet search away. But in Cats I’ve Known, Haegele injects enough of herself — and other characters in her life — to make it well worth the read."—Broken Pencil
On Slip of the Tongue
"...honest and generous, and alive to the transcendent possibilities of language."
—Marilyn Johnson, author of This Book is Overdue! and The Dead Beat
The poet Lynn Levin reviewed Slip for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
On White Elephants
"This charmingly curious book...will have you thinking you are listening to a soothing friend. Perhaps Katie Haegele might be a unique, American version of Sylvia Smith." —Tama Janowitz
National Book Award nominee Beth Kephart wrote some very kind things about White Elephants, too.
Selected articles and interviews
I was featured in this article about zines in TIME Magazine.
There's a nice interview with me on my publisher Microcosm's blog about touring and community.
One of my zines is on this NY Mag list of zines to look for at the Brooklyn Zine Fest.
I was interviewed about writing and indie publishing for this feminist literary website.
Carissa Halston conducted an interview with me for the literary magazine apt.
I gave an interview to ALARM magazine about my zine The La-La Theory.
Here's a nice article in the Penn Gazette about the work I do at the Soapbox Community Print Shop & Zine Library.
I was featured in this article in the Philadelphia Gay News about zines and the Philly Zine Fest.
For her podcast, Collecting Culture, the journalist Liz Logan conducted a smart, engaging interview with me about my crappy old junk! The podcast is a fascinating study of objects and the people who love (and love to collect) them. On my episode, we talk about the difference between yard sales and thrift stores and the meaning of secondhand things. (And, of course, zines.)
The La-La Theory was included in this BBC video about the history of zines.