About Kate Feiffer:

Kate is the author of eleven highly acclaimed books for children, a freelance writer, editor, illustrator, and television and event producer. 


Kate's first book, Double Pink, illustrated by Bruce Ingman, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2005.  Four of Kate's books have been illustrated by her father, Jules Feiffer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and beloved children's book author and illustrator. Three books were illustrated by the extraordinary and bestselling Caldecott honor illustrator Diane Goode. Reviewer Gail Cooke once compared the collaboration between Goode and Feiffer to,  "Rogers and Hart, Stanley and Livingstone, Fred and Ginger, Holmes and Watson, lox and bagels." Laura Huliska-Beith gorgeously illustrated The Wild Wild Inside and the incomparable Tricia Tusa's line drawings illustrate Kate's middle grade novel The Problem with The Puddles, named one of the funniest books of 2010. In 2012, the middle grade novel Signed By Zelda was published.  The book, a mystery, has been lauded for its celebration of good old-fashioned handwriting.  Kate, along with MJ Bruder Munafo, lyricist Sarah Durkee and composer Paul Jacobs adapted My Mom is Trying to Ruin My Life into a musical, which has had workshop productions at the MV Playhouse and Workshop Theater in New York City. 


Kate's drawings and cartoons stem from a lifelong doodling habit. She has been drawing faces on scraps of paper and creating cartoons for as long as she can remember.  She's had two solo shows at The Vineyard Playhouse Art Space, in 2014 and 2019, and has work at  The R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, MA. Kate's work has also been part of several group shows. Her illustrations have also been featured on CNN, The MV Times, MV Arts & Ideas Magazine, MV Magazine, Edible Vineyard, and are in homes across the USA, Europe, and Australia. 


Kate is the event producer for Islanders Write, a writer's festival she conceptualized, that is sponsored by the MV Times. She also launched Islanders Read The Classics,  a book group on the road co-sponsored by The MV Times and the MV Library Association. 


Kate is a contributing editor at MV Arts & Ideas Magazine and edits the newsletter for the land conservation group Sheriff's Meadow. Her essays have been broadcast on NPR. She is a a contributing editor, writer, and illustrator for The MV Times and MV Arts & Ideas Magazine, and her work has been published in the Vineyard Gazette, MV Magazine, Edible Vineyard,  MV Home and Garden, Cape Cod Home and Garden, and MV Style Magazine


Before moving to Martha's Vineyard year round in 1998, Kate was  a  television news producer based in Boston. She also produced, edited, and wrote the  award-winning documentary film "Matzo & Mistletoe," which was shown at film festivals across the country. 


Kate has lived on the island of Martha’s Vineyard since 1998, and more recently has started dividing her time between Martha's Vineyard and New York city. She lives with her husband, Chris Alley, their daughter Maddy, who studies at The University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Henry, who inspired the book Henry the dog with no tail, passed away in October of 2016.


My Mom is Trying to Ruin
My Life: The Musical

MV Playhouse Workshop

Danielle Hopkins and Chelsea McCarthy

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