"Kate Clemens" is the pen name of novelist and poet Mary Mackey. Visit Mary Mackey's Author Page at amazon.com/author/marymackey.
Mackey has written two comic novels under the name Kate Clemens: "The Stand In," and "Sweet Revenge." You can find out more about her by visiting her personal webpage http://www.marymackey.com. You are also invited to "Like" her Facebook Author Page and talk to her at https://www.facebook.com/marymackeywriter
Biography of Mary Mackey (pen name "Kate Clemens")
Mary Mackey's is the author of thirteen novels ("Immersion," "McCarthy's List," "The Last Warrior Queen" "A Grand Passion," "Season of Shadows," "The Kindness of Strangers," "The Year The Horses Came," "The Horses at the Gate," "The Fires of Spring" "The Stand In," "Sweet Revenge," "The Notorious Mrs. Winston," and "The Widow's War"). She is also the author of six volumes of poetry ("Split Ends," "One Night Stand", "Skin Deep," "The Dear Dance of Eros," "Breaking the Fever" and "Sugar Zone").
Mackey's works have appeared on The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller Lists, sold over a million and a half copies, and been translated into twelve foreign languages including Japanese, Russian, Hebrew, Greek, and Finnish. A screenwriter as well as a novelist and poet, she has sold feature-length screenplays to Warner Brothers as well as to independent film companies. John Korty directed the filming of her original award-winning screenplay Silence. Four times, her poetry has been featured on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac and her most recent collection of poetry, Sugar Zone, was a Finalist for the Northern California Book Reviewers Award in Poetry in 2011.
Mackey's nonfiction and memoirs have appeared in various anthologies. She has reviewed books for The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Jose Mercury News, the American Book Review, and a variety of other publications; has lectured at Harvard and the Smithsonian; and has contributed to such diverse print and on-line publications as The Chiron Review, Redbook, and Salon.
She is the former Chair of PEN American Center, West, and has served on the Governing Board of PEN Oakland. A fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, she is an active member of the St. Mary's College Creative Writing Program Advisory Board, the Poetry Committee of the Northern California Book Awards, the National Book Critics Circle, and The Authors Guild. In Spring 2009, the San Francisco Branch of the National League of American Pen Women established the Mary Mackey Short Story Prize.
Related through her father's family to Mark Twain, Mackey graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan. During her twenties, she lived in the rain forests of Costa Rica. Recently, she has been traveling to Brazil and incorporating her experiences into her fiction and poetry. Mackey lives in northern California with her husband Angus Wright, and is Professor Emeritus of English at California State University. To learn more about her and sample some of her work, you are invited to visit her homepage at: www.marymackey.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/marymackeywriter. Other links to information about her include: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Mackey http://redroom.com/member/mary-mackey
An extensive biography of Mary Mackey is available in the Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series, Volume 27, published by Gale Research, Detroit, MI: 1997.