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All About the author

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Crone Facts

 Kate Hovey's verse is an excellent storytelling
medium--clear, pictorial, full of action... 

Richard Wilbur, Former U.S. Poet Laureate

California Readers

Kate Hovey is the author of three books of poetry for young readers, Arachne Speaks, Ancient Voices, and Voices of the Trojan War, published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster. Arachne Speaks received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly and the 2002 Marion Vannett Ridgway Honor Book Award for "a distinguished debut in the field of children’s literature." Her most recent work, Voices of the Trojan War, was named a 2005 Notable Book by the National Council of Teachers of English (N.T.C.E.)

A mask maker and metal smith, she performs and conducts workshops in schools across the country, using poetry, myth and the art of the mask to bring the gods, goddesses and heroes of ancient Greece to life. The author also conducts professional development workshops for educators and speaks at local, regional and national conferences related to the fields of education and library science.


Kate first remembers  hearing voices  in 1992, during one of her frequent visits to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu. Inspired by the magnificent marble statues of the Getty's world renowned Greco-Roman antiquities collection, she soon began writing poems in the voices of the gods, goddesses and heroes of ancient Greece. Ancient Voices, the poetry collection inspired by those visits, was published by Margaret K. McElderry Books in March, 2004.

Kate Hovey Book Signing At Storyopolis 2004 Ancient Voices book signing at Storyopolis 2004
Getty Villa Portico Peristyle Garden Getty Villa J. Paul Getty Villa Museum in Malibu, CA

One of the poems from the collection became Kate's first picture book. Published in 2001, Arachne Speaks received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and garnered high praise from such noted authors as Lee Bennett Hopkins and Geraldine McCaughrean. Kate also received the 2002 Marion Vannett Ridgeway Memorial Honor Book Award in recognition of her  distinguished debut in the field of children's literature. 


Kate's childhood passion for Greek mythology led her to study classical literature in college. She also pursued her interest in poetry and writing at Northwestern University, later studying with noted poet and anthologist Myra Cohn Livingston at UCLA. Her all time favorite book is The Metamorphoses of Ovid. The plays of Euripides and Aeschylus continue to inspire her, as do the epics of Homer and Virgil. Kate's most recent work, Voices of the Trojan War, revisits The Iliad of Homer, retelling the tragic story of Troy through the voices of the gods and heroes who fought there.

KateHovey Vicki Leon Steven Saylor At the 2009 Junior Classical League
National Conference with authors
Vicki Leon and Steven Saylor
Kate Hovey at KLCS-TV Studio Homework Hotline At KLCS-TV Studio
for Homework Hotline taping.
(Photo by author Caroline Hatton)

A designer and metal smith, Kate has crafted masks for university theater productions, silver and gold jewelry, and even metal clothing for rock and roll performers. She uses her mask-making skills in schools across the country, performing and conducting workshops.


Kate became interested in writing at an early age. Her favorite collections of fairy tales and mythology provided the initial inspiration, but it was her seventh grade literature teacher who gave her the encouragement she needed to pursue her writing goals.

Pennekamp Huntington Beach 2010 Masquerading with students at Pennekamp Elementary School in Huntington Beach, California 2010.


All Artwork © Copyright. Main graphics:  Arachne Speaks ,  Ancient Voices  and  Voices of the Trojan War  by Kate Hovey [view credits]