Kat Meads reads from and explores her new book, Miss Jane: The Lost Years, with New Mexi-Okie writer and Oklahoma Poet Laureate, Jeanetta Calhoun Mish.
Meads' novel is a spirited dive into power and sexual politics narrated by a fierce (and funny) female chorus, Miss Jane: The Lost Years: The Lost Years chronicles farm girl Jane's entanglement with Prof P, serial bedder of undergrads, and education in all things: books, partners, economics and selfhood. Supporting cast: therapists, stepchildren, rescue dogs, B.F. Skinner, formidable women poets, and mad-making Southern heat.
Kat Meads is the author of 20 books and chapbooks of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, including, most recently, Miss Jane: The Lost Years (Livingston Press/University of West Alabama, 2018), described by Kirkus Reviews as a “sharp and pointed tale…incredibly relevant to today’s reckoning with powerful men’s sexual abuse of the women around them.” She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a California Artist Fellowship and artist residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Yaddo, Millay Colony, Dorland, and the Montalvo Center for the Arts. Her short plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and elsewhere. Her novel For You, Madam Lenin received an IPPY (Independent Publisher Award) Silver Medal and was shortlisted for the Montaigne Medal for thought-provoking literature. Her essay collection 2:12 a.m. received an IPPY Gold Medal. A native of North Carolina, she currently lives in California and teaches in Oklahoma City University’s low-residency MFA program. (www.katmeads.com)