Cate McGowan is the author of the story collection, True Places Never Are (Moon City Press, 2015), which won the 2014 Moon City Press Short Fiction Award. A Georgia native whose flash has been anthologized in W. W. Norton’s Flash Fiction International, she’s contributed fiction and poetry to many literary publications, including Glimmer Train, Crab Orchard Review, Louisville Review, Moon City Review and the English fashion magazine, Tank. Cate’s been an editor for the Louisville Review and SFWP and an arts writer and essayist for national outlets. Named a top college professor on Rate My Professors.com, McGowan teaches writing in Florida.
By the time McGowan was twenty-five, she had lived in thirteen states and three countries and traveled to over thirty other principalities. McGowan has held a number of jobs; her first was at a vintage clothing store in Atlanta. She has also flown as an international flight attendant; designed and sold textiles to drag queens; dabbed makeup on runway models; delivered newspapers; painted houses; mucked stables; driven a water delivery truck; torn tickets and buttered popcorn in movie theaters; modeled in fashion showrooms and for print; acted in regional stage productions; managed rock bands; composed excursion itineraries and dream trips for travel publications; landscaped and mowed lawns; sold art in New York galleries; waitressed in Greek diners and Michelin Star set-ups; owned an online clothing business; peddled antiques; cleaned offices; tended bars; written copy for advertising; fetched for a film director; assisted a hair colorist.
She’s an avid cyclist and closet musician (anything with keys, strings, or heads) and is desperately afraid of heights. Fashion and art fascinate her, but pretension does not. She loves technology, online chess, gardening, feral foxes, BBC TV, Shakespeare, Southern Gothic anything, Elizabethan history, and a plot that can find a balance between cerebrality and sentimentality.
McGowan is most interested, though, in what makes people feel and act, and that’s where her stories germinate– in her observations of the folks she meets