Katharine Dion is the author of the novel The Dependents, which has been translated into four languages. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was awarded the Iowa Arts Fellowship. She is also a MacDowell Fellow and the recipient of a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. Her introduction to Buddhism came from living several summers at Tassajara, a monastery in the Ventana Wilderness; she is lay ordained in the Soto Zen lineage and helps people meet the grief of ecological destruction as a Buddhist ecochaplain. She was born in Oakland and lives in Emeryville, California.

A book is the work of many people.


“You can write about a feeling in itself, and it can be the most illuminating experience of life. You don’t have to try to overlay it with analysis or interpretation. It’s actually the most difficult thing of all—to get close to the feelings.”

—excerpt from “Wake Up, Life is Transient”

24 Sept 2018 “Wake Up, Life is Transient,” an interview with Alice Miller for Fiction Writers Review

19 July 2018 with Robin Young for Here and Now

2 July 2018 with Shelagh Conner Schapiro for Write The Book

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