About Kate

Kate Sweeney
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Kate Sweeney lives in Atlanta where she writes and creates public radio stories. While pursuing her MFA at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, she spent time with obit writers, funeral directors and ordinary Americans who found themselves involved with death and memorialization. The result is the popular nonfiction book, American Afterlife (University of Georgia Press). About American Afterlife, Paste Magazine wrote, “Sweeney writes the perfect story for our time, in the best possible way,” and bestselling author Thomas Lynch calls the book “a reliable witness and well-wrought litany to last things and final details.”

Kate’s radio stories appear regularly on Atlanta’s NPR station, WABE 90.1 FM, and she has won four Edward R. Murrow awards as well as a number of Associated Press awards for her work. Her writing has appeared  several times in Oxford American Magazine, as well as Utne Reader Online,  Atlanta Magazine and New South, among other outlets. She is curator of the popular bimonthly nonfiction reading series, True Story, which Atlanta Magazine voted a Best Literary Event of 2012. Creative Loafing Atlanta named Kate an “author to watch” in 2013. She has taught Creative Writing and English at Emory Continuing Education, Clayton State University and the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
While pursuing her MFA at UNCW, she won the 2007-2008 Robert H. Byington Leadership Scholarship in Creative Writing, the 2008-2009 Lavonne Adams Award and the 2008-2009 Outstanding Thesis Award for Nonfiction.

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