Kate Gehan was born and raised in New York City and is a graduate of Haverford College and Emerson College’s MFA program. Among many publications, her writing has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Split Lip Magazine, Literary Mama, People Holding, and as a winner of Midwestern Gothic’s Flash Fiction Summer 2016 series. Kate read as a cast member of the 2014 Listen to Your Mother Show and her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, The Best of the Net, and Wigleaf’s 50 (Very) Short Fictions. She lives with her family in the Midwest.


Photo Credit: Susan Fletcher Conaway



The Girl & The Fox Pirate

Short story collection from Mojave River Press available from major online retailers!

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Kate Gehan’s debut collection of thirty-four stories is a wry, tender, and inventive exploration of the ways we manage relationships with our siblings, spouses, children, and even ourselves. Qualities of magic realism permeate her writing as characters navigate problems in a world where tumultuous emotions may literally burst into flight. In “Now They Would Behave” a family’s discord manifests as an escaped dragon they must tame. In “It Grew to a Certain Size,” a mother blames herself for her daughter’s death and finds solace conversing with her talking pet pig. In “New Wavelengths” a woman harnesses unexpected natural power to seek revenge on her harasser. Gehan also lasers her insight to critique narrow definitions of female beauty, ultimately inviting us to envision a more glorious society.

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“Only the Fruit Bearing Trees,” X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine (September 2019)

“Swarm,” in Things Left and Found By the Side of the Road – Bath Flash Fiction Anthology, Volume Three (Ad Hoc Fiction – print only)

“New Ink,” Little Fiction (2018 Flash Fiction Issue)

“Secret Jungles” and “Life Guarding,” Mojave River Review (Spring/Summer 2018)

“Flight Helmet,” CHEAP POP (February 2018)

“When Amy Turned Wild,” The Airgonaut (February 2018) *A collaborative story written with Lori Sambol Brody

“Microplastics are Everywhere,” After the Pause (Volume 4, Issue 4, Winter 2017)

“Alone and Not Alone,” Lost Balloon (October 2017)

“Young Blood” and “Maps,” Mojave River Review (Fall/Winter 2016)

“A Tender Place,” Midwestern Gothic (Flash Fiction Series Summer 2016)* Round 2 Finalist

“Underwater,” Halo Literary Magazine (Issue #1, July 2016)

“Ice Cream Truck,” Storychord (Issue #123, June 2016)

“Ruby Throated,” Atticus Review (The Lost and Found Issue, March 2016)

“National Treasure,” People Holding (December 2015)

“Radioactive,” WhiskeyPaper (December 2015)

“Give Me Your Hand and I Will Pull You Up,” Chicago Literati (Damaged Goods: The Break-Up Issue, December 2015)

“XOXO,” Third Point Press (Issue #2, September 2015) *Featured on 101 Words’ Flash Fiction Sunday Edition-Issue 23

“Modern Vampire,” The Stockholm Review (Issue #4, October 2014) *Nominated for The Pushcart Prize

“Dolls,” Mojave River Review (Summer 2014)

“The Girl and the Fox Pirate,” Pithead Chapel (Volume #3, Issue #7, July 2014)

“The Motherhood Gig,” Luna Luna Magazine (June 2014) *Featured on Longform Fiction and on Ravishly’s Fiction Friday (January 2015)

“Funeral Song,” Crack the Spine (Issue #106, March 2014)

“I See the Way Your Eyes Follow Me at Target” and “Fat Girl Lament,” Literary Orphans (Issue #10: Bettie, January 2014)

“Theory of Relativity,” MetroFiction (December, 2013)

“Things to Do While Listening to Your Brother on the Phone,” WhiskeyPaper (November 2013)  *Longlisted at Wigleaf’s Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions 2014.

“Cupcakes in Wonderland,” Literary Mama (September 2013)

“The Braid,” Inwood Indiana (Issue #6)

“When You Were Six,” Muddy River Poetry Review (Issue #8, Spring 2013)

“Manic Sex and Depression,” Used Furniture Review (June, 2012)

“Woman Turning 30 Becomes Foot-Licking Bandit,” 971 MENU  (February, 2011)



“Five Into Forty-Nine Is a Fraction,” Pidegonholes (September, 2019)

“Top Ten Times Music Saved Me in 2018,Little Fiction (Top 10 Lists, December 2018)

“On ‘Helpless’ by Sugar,” Memoir Mixtapes (Vol. 4 B Sides, April 2018)

“It Is the Worst Nightmare,” (b)OINK (Issue 3, March 2017)

“Love Cairn,” Split Lip Magazine (Issue #15, July-September 2015)

“Neko Takes the Stage,” Sundog Lit (Issue #6, June 2014) *Nominated for Sundress Publication’s Best of the Net 2014 Anthology

“Tips for Your Mommy Blog,” McSweeney’s Internet Tendency (March, 2011)

Interviews + Readings

“x marks the heart” – Mr. Bear’s Violet Hour Saloon devoted to The Girl & The Fox Pirate (November, 2018)

Research Notes at Necessary Fiction (October, 2018)

Book Bites with Steph Post (October, 2018)

A Conversation with Kate Gehan – Mojave River Review Spring/Summer Issue (June, 2018)

Writers at Work interview at TRUE – Proximity Magazine’s Blog (December, 2017)

Mr. Bear’s Violet Hour Saloon (Boston Free Radio, 2014)

Listen to Your Mother  (Reading, 2014)

Listen to Your Mother (Cast Spotlight, 2014)

Our Stories (Q&A, 2010)