Kathy Stevenson was a newspaper columnist in southern California for five years before moving to the Chicago area in 1993. In 1991 she published Second Thoughts, a collection of fifty of her columns. Since moving to Chicago Ms. Stevenson has freelanced for the Chicago Tribune, writing essays and feature articles. Her work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Redbook, American Baby, L. A. Parent, American Way, American Book Review, The Christian Science Monitor, The Writer and many other publications.
In 1997 Ms. Stevenson attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Middlebury, Vermont, studying with National Book Award winner Andrea Barrett. In 1998 her short story “Click” won first place in the Pioneer Press North Shore fiction contest, and two years later her story “First Snow” was awarded second place in the same contest. She has taught writing classes at Ragdale (a retreat for writers and artists in Lake Forest) and at local community centers.
In December, 2001 Kathy published a historical novel called The Lake Poet, an epistolary novel set in Lake Forest from 1929 to the present day. The Lake Poet is currently available at Lake Forest Book Store, B. Dalton/Lake Forest, from Kathy’s website at www.lakepoet.com, and on Amazon.com.
Kathy is available for readings/speaking engagements about her work, and has done so for numerous organizations and book groups.