Kathryn Rhett, M.A., M.F.A. (Writer)

Kathryn Rhett lives in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with her husband, writer Fred Leebron and their two children. She has taught writing workshops at Johns Hopkins, the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Gertysburg College. Her poetry has appeared in The Antioch Review, The Gettysburg Review, Grand Street, The Ohio Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. Kathryn is also the author of Near Breathing, her memoir of her daughter's birth. She has edited Survival Stories: Memoirs of Crisis. This book speaks to the need people have to write and read about life-changing experiences. Rhett writes: "Memoir is the story of a mind. Out of chaos, out of disparate facts, the mind always works to make a whole.""...finding published memoirs of crisis let me feel that there were friends, thinkers, and role models out there for me. ...The need to write my memoir exerted itself forcefully and mysteriously at a particular time, and I found that many writers of crisis memoir had the same experience--they didn't expect to write anything, and then one day they were writing, and then after that they wondered what the hell they were doing .... The writers and readers of crisis memoirs are survivors, the ones left to tell the story, the ones left to live. To survive menas 'to live on,' beyond someone else, beyond any familiar idea of oneself and one's fate."

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