About the Tall Poppy Writers and BLOOM
The Tall Poppy Writers is a co-marketing organization of women authors who host an exclusive Facebook group that is essentially a reading & philanthropy party called Bloom. The Tall Poppy Writers are heavily invested in relationships and created this group for a chance to communicate with readers who know us and new readers whom we hope to meet. We want this to be a sleepover party, a place for joy, a fertile place for conversations to bloom.
About the Tall Poppy charity partner: Room To Read!
Tall Poppy Writers have collectively raised over $100,000 for literacy and other causes. This year, we have partnered with Room to Read to raise money for their Girls' Education Programs.
For a girl in one the most underserved parts of the world, staying in school longer means she is more likely to build a healthier family, lower her probability of contracting HIV, and earn a higher wage. She is also more likely to marry later and educate her own children — ending the cycle of illiteracy in one generation. For every $300 we raise, we can keep a girl in a developing country in school for a year! Together we can #changetheirstory!
One easy way to support the Spring Forward Campaign is to shop our beautiful online ZAZZLE store with gorgeous exclusive items to celebrate the BLOOM community! Please note that 100% (yes, ALL!) of the proceeds from these items go directly to the Room to Read Spring Forward Campaign. New items are being added to the store weekly, so please do check back often.
The Art of Falling (2014, Sourcebooks)
Kathryn's debut novel is set in the Philadelphia dance world, a harsh microcosm of our society's celebrity-driven expectations of women's bodies. As a former modern dancer, choreographer, and 19-year dance critic, Kathryn knows this world. Her interest in body image is personal and life-long (isn't every woman's?) but she researched the issue while obtaining a master's in health and physical education from Miami University, Ohio. Every page of the novel is infused with a dancer's heightened awareness of the human body and its movement.
The Far End of Happy (2015, Sourcebooks)
Her second novel is based on true events surrounding the 1997 suicide standoff that resulted in her husband's death. She drafted much of it in memoir form before realizing that the true impact of the tale could not be felt through one woman's point of view. Since constraining the story to the twelve hours of that fateful day seemed the best way to evoke its effect as a turning point in her life, she decided to novelize.
Author in Progress (2016, Writer's Digest Books, Therese Walsh, ed.)
This no-holds-barred guide to what it really takes to get published is brought to you by contributors to the popular Writer UnBoxed blog, which has been in the Top 101 Websites for Writers since its inception 11 years ago by Therese Walsh. My chapter, "A Drop of Imitation: How to Learn from the Masters," pulls on the multi-arts influences I grew up with and sits alongside entries from writing gurus like Donald Maass, David Corbett, Lisa Cron, Heather Webb, and so many more.
For more about Kathryn:
Check out Kathryn's Amazon Central page
Interviews with Kathryn:
• with Debra Pinkerton on Good Day PA ABC27, January 2016 (TV)
Kathryn Craft writes stories that seek beauty and meaning at the edge of darkness. Rich with material for further thought or discussion, her novels make a great choice for book clubs.
Long a leader in the southeastern Pennsylvania writing scene, Kathryn served for more than a decade in a variety of positions on the boards of the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group and the Philadelphia Writers' Conference, and volunteers as time allows with the Women's Fiction Writers Association. Kathryn also hosts writing retreats for women and speaks often about writing. She writes a monthly series, "Turning Whine into Gold," at the Writers in the Storm blog, and freelances as a developmental editor at Writing-Partner.com. She is a member of the Tall Poppy Writers, a marketing cooperative of women writers. Read more about us below!
Kathryn Craft author