Kate Wisel

Kate Wisel is a native of Boston. Her fiction has appeared in publications that include Gulf Coast, Tin House online, New Delta Review, The Best Small Fictions 2019, Redivider (as winner of the Beacon Street Prize), and elsewhere. She was a Carol Houck fiction fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and awarded scholarships at Writing x Writers, the Wesleyan Writer’s Conference, the Squaw Valley Writer’s Workshop, and elsewhere. She lives in Chicago.

Driving in Cars with Homeless Men


A Library Journal Best Book of 2019

Driving in Cars with Homeless Men
is a love letter to women moving through violence. These linked stories are set in the streets and the bars, the old homes, the tiny apartments, and the landscape of a working-class Boston. Serena, Frankie, Raffa, and Nat collide and break apart like pool balls to come back together in an imagined post-divorce future. Through the gritty, unraveling truths of their lives, they find themselves in the bed of an overdosed lover, through the panting tongue of a rescue dog who is equally as dislanguaged as his owner, in the studio apartment of a compulsive liar, sitting backward but going forward in the galley of an airplane, in relationships that are at once playgrounds and cages. Homeless Men is the collective story of women whose lives careen back into the past, to the places where pain lurks and haunts. With riotous energy and rage, they run towards the future in the hopes of untangling themselves from failure to succeed and fail again.

Upcoming Appearances

Reading & Talk
Wednesday, January 29 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Riding on Poles With Amy Bond and Kate Wisel: an Evening of Dance and Literature SF Pole and Dance 301 8th St #225 San Francisco, CA 94103 Directions
Thursday, January 30 2020 7:00 pm
In conversation with Pam Houston Books, Inc. 1491 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704 Directions
Saturday, February 1 2020 7:00 pm
Opening for Pam Houston Tickets are $35 Foothills Event Center 400 Idaho Maryland Rd. Grass Valley, CA 95945 Directions
Saturday, February 8 2020 2:30 pm
Penn Book Center 130 S 34th St. Philadelphia, PA 19104 Directions
Monday, February 10 2020 7:00 pm
Opening reading for Tommy Orange Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, Tickets: $25-35 Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Directions
Monday, February 17 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Prairie Lights Bookstore 15 S Dubuque St. Iowa City, IA 52240 Directions
Friday, February 28 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bookery 844 Elm St. Manchester, NH 03101 Directions
Sunday, March 8 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
with Aria Aber and Mary Terrier Book Woman 5501 N Lamar Blvd. Austin, TX 78751 Directions