Katharine Haake is a fourth generation Californian whose work reflects a deep engagement with the land, the people, and the history of this place, a perspective she's explored in both fiction and nonfiction.
Her books include a recent novel, The Time of Quarantine, an SPD Bestseller; the hybrid prose narrative, That Water, Those Rocks; and three collections of short stories -- the eco-fabulist The Origin of Stars, the LA Times bestselling The Height and Depth of Everything, and the New York Times notable No Reason on Earth. Her other work has long appeared in such journals as The Iowa Review, One Story, Witness, Michigan Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, and New Letters, and has been recognized as distinguished by Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and Best of the West. A collaborative text/image work she did with artist Lisa Bloomfield is in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Her chapbook, Assumptions We Might Make About the Postworld, was a finalist for the Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Contest (twice), the Les Figues NOS (not otherwise specified) Book Award, and The Gold Line Chapbook Award.
A recipient of an Individual Artist's Grant from the Cultural Affairs Department of the City of Los Angeles, she teaches at California State University, Northridge.