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Kathryn Wilkens

After spending more than four decades in classrooms as a student and then as a teacher, Kathryn Wilkens finally "graduated" so that she could travel and write. Her multi-volume personal journal served as raw material and background for articles and essays that have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Personal Journaling, Writers' Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Romantic Homes, Dolls, ByLine and Verbatim. Two essays have been included in anthologies: "Freedom Trails" in The Walker Within (The Lyons Press, 2000) and "Buddha and the Fig Tree" in Gardening at a Deeper Level (Garden House Press, 2004).

She loves words, biking, photography, swimming, food, skating and road trips with her husband; she's visited all fifty states and has lived in Indiana, Spain, California and Arizona.

She belongs to California Writers Club, Professional Writers of Prescott (Arizona) and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Some of her photos can be found at

Articles by Kathryn Wilkens

Writing with Dazzle and Pizzazz December 27, 2008 (Kathryn Wilkens) Writers--poets especially--have long made use of onomatopoeia, words like chirp, drip, fizz, hiss, jingle, knock, neigh, oink and rattle. Also called echoic, these words came into existence as humans attempted to mimic sounds in nature with their voices. (complete article...)

Fun with One Syllable October 26, 2008 (Kathryn Wilkens) We love words, but less can be more. In this tour de force Kathryn Wilkens shows us that short words can do the trick. Hint: look at the words contained in this piece... count the large ones. (complete article...)

Piecemeal August 13, 2008 (Kathryn Wilkens) I admire writers who can sit at the keyboard and spin out a narrative, starting at point A and continuing to point Z. Their work method is like knitting a sweater, one stitch logically following the previous. I wish I could do that. (complete article...)

Get Cozy With Your Dictionary July 31, 2007 (Kathryn Wilkens) I adore dictionaries. I love their speckled pages and thumb tabs with gold letters; I love their heft and smell, their ordered contents. I didn't set out to collect them, but when I rearranged my bookshelves recently I discovered I have 47 -- I own more dictionaries than shoes! (complete article...)