About Kathleen Hill
Kathleen Hill - Quick Facts
- Favorite Activity (not related to writing): Reading
- Favorite place to go when thinking through a plot issue or book idea: Anywhere that will distract me from thinking about the difficulty so that it can “come in through the back door.”
- Favorite Author: Proust
- Favorite Books: In Remembrance of Things Past, Wuthering Heights, Chekhov Stories
- Favorite Movie: Casablanca
- Favorite Pastime: Spending time with people I care about.
- Favorite Speech: James Baldwin in his debate with William Buckley, Cambridge, 1965
- What do you most like about being an author: Putting things together that seem very separate and discovering the hidden connections between things. I hope to speak to the anonymous reader.
Do you teach on a specific topic?
I teach in the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College.
What specialized knowledge do you have?
My class usually reads a lot of fiction, poetry. We try to be aware of choices a writer makes, ponder what questions a writer asks, exclaim at what moves us.
Do you, as an author, provide in-depth research on a topic?
I don’t provide research but I’ve done a lot of it when writing about parts of the world where I’ve lived. I don’t worry about making up characters and their pursuits but don’t want to get things wrong when it comes to facts, history, the everyday realities of a place I can never entirely know.
- Still Waters in Niger
- Who Occupies This House
- She Read to us in the Late Afternoons
Still Waters in Niger was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune, and was nominated for the Dublin IMPAC Award. The French translation, Eaux Tranquilles, was short-listed for the Prix Femina Étranger.
Who Occupies This House was selected an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times
She Read to us in the Late Afternoons won the Nautilus Award
Fiction, essays published in Best American Short Stories, Best Spiritual Writing, Pushcart Prize Stories
The Kindle edition of the Ploughshares Solo Series (2014) was selected as One of the Best Singles of 2014.
Fiction based on the Bronte sisters and their brother Branwell.