KATHERINE L. HESTER’S collection of stories EggIMG_1128_2s for Young America was awarded the inaugural Bakeless Prize and named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.  

Her short fiction has also appeared in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, Best American Mystery Stories, The Yale Review, Crazy Horse, Brain, Child, and elsewhere.  After a hiatus of 30 years, she recently returned to writing poetry, and her poems have appeared in journals such as The Southwest Review and Ruminate. She has been a Dobie-Paisano and Hambidge Center Fellow and has held residencies also at the MacDowell Colony,  Yaddo, and the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site.  

She was born in Dallas, Texas and raised in Athens, Georgia. Much of her life has been spent shuttling back and forth between Texas and the deep(er) South.  She currently lives south of Interstate 20 in Atlanta, GA.