K.M. Soehnlein's Blog

June 20, 2015

The writers that matter to us matter for reasons that are entirely personal. It���s usually not the writer���s biography or even subject matter that makes his or her stories meaningful, but the writer���s voice, a literary style translating intimately in...
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Published on June 20, 2015 15:09 • 13 views

December 10, 2014

I knew Keith Haring’s art before I fully understood there was an artist behind it. As a teenager, I came into New York from the suburbs to drink in bars that didn’t check ID, and I’d spot chalk drawings framed...
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Published on December 10, 2014 15:20 • 33 views

June 7, 2012

There have been nearly 20,000 AIDS deaths in San Francisco. Compare that to the estimated 3,000 who died in S.F.'s 1906 earthquake (or the 63 in 1989's Loma Prieta quake). Maybe that's why writer / organizer Kirk Read named this...
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Published on June 07, 2012 16:11 • 102 views

March 29, 2012

When news of the death of the great lesbian poet Adrienne Rich arrived today in the form of a tweet, I was stunned. Stunned that this vital poet—still actively publishing in her 82nd year—could be gone. Stunned because Rich's 50...
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Published on March 29, 2012 00:15 • 99 views

December 9, 2011

Introducing Temporary Shelter: a collection of interwoven stories that I edited and wrote with ten writers in my seminar at the University of San Francisco's MFA in Writing Program. Buy the book on Lulu.com. If you're in San Francisco, come...
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Published on December 09, 2011 13:13 • 64 views

September 24, 2011

A video has been posted of a reading I did on Sept. 11, as part of an event called Buffet Flats, a salon that mixes queer performance with the San Francisco local food & urban farming movements. The salon was...
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Published on September 24, 2011 00:42 • 56 views

April 1, 2011

Robin and Ruby turns one today. It was exactly a year ago that my third novel was published in hardcover. What a great year it's been. I made a book trailer, did readings in SF, LA, NYC, Philadelphia, Boston and...
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Published on April 01, 2011 14:33 • 83 views

March 2, 2011

I delivered these remarks to introduce the writer Jane Smiley at the Lone Mountain Reading Series, held at the University of San Francisco on March 2, 2011. I'm printing them here by request. All writers need models, not just the...
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Published on March 02, 2011 23:07 • 66 views

December 5, 2010

Today's New York Times casts a spotlight on the literary scene in San Francisco, with nods to the legendary, the up-and-coming, and the hidden secrets. There's even a quote from yours truly in there, where I come off sounding like...
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Published on December 05, 2010 14:24 • 82 views

January 29, 2010

Everyone knows The Catcher in the Rye, but the J.D. Salinger book that's meant the most to me is Franny and Zooey, in part because it's literature's greatest brother-sister story. Classic fiction gives us plenty of brothers-in-arms; contemporary novels have...
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Published on January 29, 2010 10:35 • 109 views