Hi! I’m Kate DePalma. I’m a writer and an editor and a teacher.
I was born and raised outside Nashville, TN, USA. I studied Latin and Greek in college at Loyola University New Orleans, and I liked it so much that I went to University of Texas on a Mellon Fellowship for a master’s degree.
The University of Texas Press gave me my start in publishing as a Fellow in Copyediting, and then I made the move into children’s publishing at Peachtree Publishers in Atlanta, GA. These days I make books as Senior Editor at Barefoot Books, where I’ve gotten to help create dozens of different picture books since I started in 2010. I edit books and art direct them — and sometimes I even get to write them!
Teaching has been a lifelong love of mine, and I have taught courses and workshops in writing and publishing at Emerson College, the Margaret Mitchell House, Tennessee Young Writers Workshop, and beyond. I've also published poetry and academic work. You can learn about all of this and more on my Other Projects page.