Kathleen Warthen is a public defender and writer in South Carolina. Writings range from academic reflections on the racist origins of citizen’s arrest lawsto, currently, a play set in the Deep South during the pandemic. She was inspired to write more short stories after placing third in the Pen Parentis Writing Fellowship for Boccherini Botched (writing as Kat Coffee), which went on to win the Broad River Prize for Prose down in SC. She’s sitting on a large pile of short story drafts, which she tries to edit between trial prep and meal prep. A single mom, she’s dripping with little girls (ages 13 and up), unfolded laundry, incomplete manuscripts, and clients who would quite like to get out of jail.
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