Kate Lebo is a poet, food writer, and teacher from the Pacific Northwest. She's the author of A Commonplace Book of Pie (Chin Music Press, 2013) and Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour & Butter (Sasquatch Books, forthcoming fall 2014).
Kate Lebo’s first book, A Commonplace Book of Pie, was published by Chin Music Press in October 2013. Her writing has appeared in Best New Poets, Gastronomica, and Poetry Northwest among other journals, and she’s currently at work on a cookbook, Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour and Butter, forthcoming from Sasquatch Books in fall 2014. A graduate of the University of Washington’s MFA program, she’s the recipient of a Nelson Bentley Fellowship, the Joan Grayston Poetry Prize, and a grant from 4Culture.
Kate has judged the Iowa State Fair Pie Contest, baked at the American Gothic House, and won Best in Show at the first annual Cake vs. Pie Competition. At Pie Stand she taps into the social magic of pie to create conversations across communities and give people a taste of her original baked creations.
A devotee of book art, she’s an editor for the handmade literary journal Filter and has a long history of zine-making. Her most recent zine is The Pie Lady’s Manifesto. Her video installation for Seattle University’s Hedreen Gallery, Bliss, asks viewers to eat a book and read their food.
Kate was raised in the Pacific Northwest by Iowans. She’s lived on the wet half of Washington State almost all her life and currently resides near Portland, Oregon, though she still calls Seattle home. She has ambivalent feelings about pie a la mode. She adores rhubarb.