K. A. ("Kate") Laity is the author of Pelzmantel: A Medieval Tale (2010, Immanion Press) and the collection Unikirja [Dreambook] (2009, Aino Press) for which she won a 2006 Finlandia Foundation grant and the 2005 Eureka Short Story Fellowship. The collection includes "Darkest Day" (AKA "Sun Thief") which appeared in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress XXI, "Palakainen" and "Vipunen" which were first published in New World Finn and "Kantele" which appeared in the inaugural issue of Kippis. As C. Margery Kempe, she writes erotic romance including Chastity Flame (2009, Ravenous Romance), its forthcoming sequel and a dozen or so shorter works. As Kit Marlowe, she also writes historical romance like her comic gothic novel The Mangrove Legacy (2010, Tease Publishing). Her forthcoming novel Owl Stretching is an alternate history/urban fantasy and her non-fiction collection The Triumph of the Carpet Beetle (2011, Women's League of Ale Drinkers) gathers together columns, flash fiction and humor pieces. Her publication career began with Clive Barker' selection of her story "Revelations" as winner of his Lord of Illusions Short Story contest in 1995.
Laity is Associate Professor of English (Medieval) at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, but she will be at the National University of Ireland Galway on a Fulbright for the 2011-2012 academic year. She writes a weekly column for BitchBuzz.com, the global women's lifestyle network, and occasional pieces for The Spectator Arts Blog and other mainstream publications.