Chatham University

Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Faculty and Staff

Kathleen George

Kathleen George

georgeke@pitt.edu
Adjunct Faculty Member
Hometown : Pittsburgh, PA
Joined Chatham : 2008

Academic Areas of Interest

Contemporary fiction, contemporary playwriting, Shakespeare, the teaching of writing for the stage and the page

Personal Areas of Interest

cooking and reading

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Biography

Kathleen George lives in Pittsburgh where she teaches playwriting and dramatic literature as a professor of theatre at the University of Pittsburgh. In the later 80s she added fiction writing into the mix of things she was doing and is the author of a collection of short fiction and four novels. She is married to writer Hilary Masters, who asked her out twenty years ago because he figured she, a theatre director, would be interesting—he was tired of being around writers. On the first date, she told him she had begun writing (or more accurately had taken it up again, having said from the time she was seven that she wanted to be a writer). He thought, "Oh, no, not another one." But they had already hit it off and so it was too late. Now there are two of them in one household, shuffling around in sloppy clothes, coffee cups in hand, heading to paper, computer, typewriter.

Education

  • 1988 M.F.A. Creative Writing, University of Pittsburgh 1975 Ph.D. Theatre Arts, University of Pittsburgh Dissertation: Sources of Rhythm in Drama 1966 M.A. Theatre Arts, University of Pittsburgh Course work emphasized directing, theory, and criticism 1964 B.A. English, University of Pittsburgh Course work emphasized creative writing

Publications

  • PUBLICATIONS: Books: The Odds, 2009, St. Martin’s Thomas Dunne, Minotaur Afterimage, St. Martin’s Thomas Dunne Minotaur, 2007 Winter’s Tales: Reflections on the Novelistic Stage, U. of Delaware Press, 2005 Fallen, a novel, Dell, 2004 Taken, a novel, Delacorte, New York, 2001 As Voleurs d’Infants, Editions Belfond, France, 2001 As Kidnappet , Egmont Wangel, Denmark, 2001 As Stjalet, Egmont Hjemmets Bokforlag, Nowray, 2001 As Yukai kojo, Shinchosa Company, Japan, 2003 As Spurlos, Bastei Lubbe, Germany, 2003 As Roof, Uitgeverij Luitingh-Sitjhoff, Netherlands, 2003 Dell paperback, 2003 The Man in The Buick and Other Stories, BkMk Press, University of Missouri, Kansas City, 1999. Reprinted, 2000 Playwriting: The First Workshop, Focal Press (Butterworth Heinemann), Stoneham, Mass., 1994. Reprinted, 1997. Reprinted by Allworth Press, 2008 Rhythm in

Awards

  • 1999 Pushcart Prize Nomination 1998 Finalist, Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, Novel Contest, Birth Offerings, judge Oscar Hijuelos 1998 Finalist, Pirate’s Alley Novella contest, Willa, The Way She Dances, judge John Dufresne 1998 Finalist, Heekin prize for the novel, Birth Offerings 1997 Honorable Mention, “An Actor Prepares,” Salt Hill Journal Short Short Fiction Contest 1997 Finalist, Helicon Nine prize in Fiction, for The Man in The Buick and Other Stories 1995 Finalist, American Fiction, for the story, "Maria" (published), judge Tim O’Brien 1993 Birth Offerings, a novel, Finalist (second place) in Pirate's Alley Faulkner Fiction Contest, Jill McCorkle, judge 1992 Rites of Burial Short Fiction Collection (in an earlier form), Finalist, William Faulkner Pirate's Alley Prize Fiction 1991 "Rites of Burial" listed in Distinguished Stories, Best American Short Stories, Katrina Kenison, editor
  • 1999 Pushcart Prize Nomination 1998 Finalist, Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, Novel Contest, Birth Offerings, judge Oscar Hijuelos 1998 Finalist, Pirate’s Alley Novella contest, Willa, The Way She Dances, judge John Dufresne 1998 Finalist, Heekin prize for the novel, Birth Offerings 1997 Honorable Mention, “An Actor Prepares,” Salt Hill Journal Short Short Fiction Contest 1997 Finalist, Helicon Nine prize in Fiction, for The Man in The Buick and Other Stories 1995 Finalist, American Fiction, for the story, "Maria" (published), judge Tim O’Brien 1993 Birth Offerings, a novel, Finalist (second place) in Pirate's Alley Faulkner Fiction Contest, Jill McCorkle, judge 1992 Rites of Burial Short Fiction Collection (in an earlier form), Finalist, William Faulkner Pirate's Alley Prize Fiction 1991 "Rites of Burial" listed in Distinguished Stories, Best American Short Stories, Katrina Kenison, editor

Achievements

  • Dissertation Defense "With Distinction," 1975 Graduate fellowships 1964-1966 Phi Beta Kappa, 1964 Summa Cum Laude, 1964 Louise Letitia Miele Writing Award, 1962, Johnstown Campus Outstanding Freshman Woman, University of Pittsburgh (Johnstown Campus), 1962