Kathleen Alcalá is the author of six books of fiction and nonfiction. A graduate of the Clarion West Science Fiction and Fantasy Workshop, she has also served as an instructor in the program. Until recently, Kathleen was a fiction instructor at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts on Whidbey Island. She now lectures for Antioch University, and an instructor at the Bainbridge Artisan Resouce Network (BARN). Besides her short story collection and three novels, Kathleen has published fiction in numerous anthologies, most recently in Latin@ Rising, by Wings Press. Her most recent book is The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island, from the University of Washington Press. See "Events" for her forthcoming lecturs and appearances.
"One of the finest books of 2016 that I read was Deepest Roots! It made me appreciate the great Northwest all over again, and the lessons to be learned here."
- Jane Danielson, co-owner, The Eagle Harbor Book Company, Bainbridge Island, Washington
"The Deepest Roots is a timely and charming book on how place-based foods infuse community by one of the finest writers ever to emerge from the Pacific Northwest."
-Gary Paul Nabhan, author of Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Food
"A wildly ambitious book. By focusing on the food in one place, Alcalá is able to pull together cultural and cross-cultural experiences, environmental debates, and, perhaps most crucial for me, issues of economic justice that underpin all food production."
-Ana Maria Spagna, author of Reclaimers and Potluck: Community on the Edge of Wilderness
"The perspective presented in The Deepest Roots believes the land can tell us what it needs and entire generations of people lived on the land harmoniously and without destroying it by listening to it. Can we become those types of people? Taking all of these stories together begins to paint a picture of what needs to happen for us to inhabit that future."
-Lisa Gresham is the Collection Support Manager for Whatcom County Library System, where she selects adult nonfiction titles for the collection.