"Garden Thief" won First Prize in Streetlight Magazine's 2021 Memoir Contest
"Kate Sheridan is our first-prize winner for her essay "Garden Thief." A former landscape designer and contractor, she writes a memoir story of how, in an act of "possible rebalance," or even, "retribution," she rescues something once her own. With mischievous humor and deep feeling, she shows how a problem can be solved without war. The writing is precise, the story both poignant and amusing. And, her descriptions of what makes gardening her love are breathtaking."
"Call Me Master" to be published in Hippocampus Magazine's May / June issue
"Call Me Master" tells the story of a young woman's disastrous decision, born of boredom and compounded by inertia, that nearly undoes her. This piece is an excerpt from her unpublished memoir "Unclaimed Baggage."
Kate Sheridan has been a member of the Sebastopol Community Writers (a memoir critique group) for fifteen years. As Kate Anchordoguy, she published scintillating op-eds in the San Francisco Chronicle and wrote “Dig This!” (prescriptive nonfiction published by Sasquatch Books in 2003), which reviewers described as “engaging,” “witty,” and “unique.” As Katharine Frick she earned a B.A. in Landscape Architecture, graduating summa cum laude from UC Berkeley in 1991. She owned and operated a landscape design and contracting business for forty years.
An avid cyclist, devout gardener and complaint-prone Scrabble player, Kate is happily married to her third husband and two chihuahuas.
Places I've Lived, Schools attended 1957 - ?
Arvin, California: Sierra Vista Elementary, Haven Drive
Tripoli, Libya: Oil Companies School
Princeton, New Jersey: Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart
Bakersfield, California: West High
Farmington, New Mexico
Mickelham, Dorking, England: Box Hill School
Sedona, Arizona: Verde Valley School
Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University
Santa Cruz, California: University of California, Santa Cruz
Crockett, California: Contra Cosat County Community College, College of Marin, Diablo Valley College
Berkeley, California: University of California, Berkeley
Sebastopol, California: Santa Rosa Junior College
Santa Rosa, California
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