Katherine Dunn: Biography

Katherine Dunn

24 okt 1945

Katherine Dunn, best known for her novel, ‘Geek Love’ made her fans anticipate her next works. Born in Garden City, Kansas on Oct 24, 1945, Katherine’s family moved frequently during her childhood. She studied Philosophy and Psychology.

Always interested in writing, Katherine Dunn also did various other jobs for her living. She used to paint houses and waiting tables. Katherine also taught advanced classes in creative writing at Oregon’s Lewis and Clark College and a graduate course in Creative writing at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. In 1970, she read short stories in a road show on Portland’s Community radio station.

Katherine Dunn’s much praised novel, ‘Geek Love’ was the finalist for the National Book Award in 1989. ‘Attic’ and ‘Truck’ were her other works. Her fans were in urge to see her fourth novel, ‘The Cut Man’ which was in progress for many years. Katherine wrote the text for Death Scenes: A Homicide Detective’s Scrapbook and also wrote numerous articles for magazines like Playboy, Vogue and the L.A Times.

Katherine has a speciality when it comes to sports journalism, in the field of boxing. She is the editor and contributor for the online boxing magazine cyberboxingzone.com. During 1990s, she was a regular columnist in PDXS for boxing.

Multi-talented Katherine won the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Award in 2004 for her work on School of Hard Knocks: The Struggle for Survival in America’s Toughest Boxing Gyms. ‘One Ring Circus: Dispatches from the World of Boxing’ is a whole collection of Katherine’s essays on boxing.