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Kate Carroll De Gutes

Writer | Teacher | Raconteur

Lives in Portland, Oregon in a house with lots of light, wood floors, and a view of the best bridge in the city.  In the evenings, she sits at her great-grandparents’ quarter-sawn oak table and writes long-hand about grief, the drama of dating at midlife, riding bikes, and the joys and challenges of authentic living.  Also, she apparently uses a lot of compound nouns.

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THE AUTHENTICITY EXPERIMENT:
LESSONS FROM THE BEST & WORST YEAR OF MY LIFE

The Authenticity Experiment: Lessons From the Best & Worst Year of My Life, essays from Kate’s critically-acclaimed blog, have been called “a pilgrim’s map to those hidden spots where authentic experiences await anyone brave enough to look for them.”  Winner of an Independent Publishing Award for LGBT essay, you can buy signed copies from Broadway Books or your favorite local independent bookseller.

OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE CLOSER
THAN THEY APPEAR

Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, winner of the 2016 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction and the Lambda Literary Award, looks at some of life’s biggest dramas: marriage, divorce, and the quest for the perfect fashion accessory. Bestselling author, Stephanie Kallos, says, “On every page, de Gutes reminds us that we all traverse life’s roads with one eye fixed on the receding and mirrored past.”

Writers write.  Sometimes they read.  Sometimes people film writers as they read their work and award speeches.  Here are some videos and audio interviews with me.

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Oregon Book Award Acceptance Speech
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SIR, MA’AM, SIR: GENDER FRAGMENTS
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LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD ACCEPTANCE SPEECH
What Others Think

“From IKEA to clothes to community, de Gutes asks what it means to be human, to be queer, to be straight, to build a life on integrity.”

- Monica Drake, "1859"

“From its opening pages, the book grabs you by the collar and doesn’t let up. This is masterful writing with sentences that linger on the mind for days after.”

- Domingo Martinez, Creative Nonfiction Judge, 2016 Oregon Book Awards

“A triumph of coming to terms with herself and her world.”

- Los Angeles Review of Books

Authenticity
Experiment:
the Blog

Social media exploded when “45” came into office.  Not that we weren’t a nation of addicts before—in 2016, 79% of all Americans regularly used Facebook and 67 million people used Twitter daily. But now, late night tweets about “covfefe” and complaints about #fakenews seem common. That’s why Kate’s blog remains relevant, as it focuses on her attempt to be completely authentic on social media.

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The Authenticity Experiment, the intimacy edition. The North Dakota Music Teacher arrived in Portland recently and almost immediately we began talking about how people build relationships.

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The Authenticity Experiment, the tie edition.  The Lyft driver picked us up at the Tampa Marriott Waterside hotel, two of the 15,000 writers who were heading out for something different on the last night.

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