Mount Mercy hosts playwright and novelist Kate Aspengren. She will visit the creative writing class, Creating Characters, which has been studying her play, Blue Yonder. Although Kate’s talk/Q&A will focus on monologue writing, she'll also happily take other questions about writing and theatre, and she’ll sign copies of her work.
Kate, a 1994 graduate of the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop, has five plays (Dear Mrs. Martin, Mother’s Day, House of Wonders, Flyer, and Blue Yonder) which have been published by Samuel French. Her work has been produced throughout the United States and Canada, and it has been translated for international production. She has taught writing at The University of Iowa, Coe College, Grinnell College, Cornell College, and the Iowa summer Writing Festival. She holds an annual playwriting residency at Tower Hill School (in Wilmington, Delaware) which produced her adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. Kate is co-director of the UI's annual ten-minute play festival and the author of a 2012 middle-grade novel, Ashley Templeton is Ruining My Life.