Cathy Alter

Cathy Alter

Cathy Alter's feature articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in local and national newspapers and magazines, including the Washington Post, Washingtonian, the Atlantic, the Huffington Post, Self, McSweeney’s, and SMITH Magazine.


35 entries by Cathy Alter

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Yours, Mine, and Ours

But when it comes to stories, mostly mine.

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The Closer

It’s all in how you say it...

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An Interview with Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry

The debut novelist talks Chekhov, the USSR, and the allure of writing in English.

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An Interview with Taylor Harris

The memoirist talks medical mysteries, anxiety, and engaging with readers as a multifaceted Black woman.

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Running on Empty

What to do when your creativity tank is dry.

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An Interview with Mic Nickels

The writer/rapper talks hip-hop, strong women, and the power of eternal optimism.

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The Story Nextdoor

Why you, too, should get all your writing ideas from this site.

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Interview with Leslie Pietrzyk

The writer talks DC, eavesdropping, and those strange types who wear their work badges after hours.

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Feels Like the First Time

The unabashed thrill of returning to normal.

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An Interview with James Magruder

The playwright discusses musical theater, lived experience, and spinning a story in five parts.

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An Interview with Amy Argetsinger

The journalist talks swimsuits, scandals, and the fading allure of Miss America.

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Open to Interpretation

What I do for a living vs. what my son thinks I do…

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Beached Reads

Is it time to retire the borderline-insulting moniker?

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An Interview with Jessica Anya Blau

The novelist talks singing in the choir, 1970s rock gods, and Mary Jane.

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An Interview with Vince Granata

How an inconceivable family tragedy led to an ultimately hopeful memoir.

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Frequently Asked Questions

In the Before Times, I answered these queries in person…

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Making Up Is Hard to Do

Which is why I’m sticking to nonfiction for now.

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An Interview with Tim Wendel

The novelist talks Havana, baseball, and which player enjoys God's view of the game.

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I Know this Mooch Is True

So, no, you may not pick my brain!

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Come as You Are

To be honest, I love these pants-optional book events…

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An Interview with Kerri Arsenault

The writer discusses Mill Town, a decade-in-the-making book sparked by an obituary.

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Every Book Tells a Story

What we lose when we clean house.

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An Interview with Nick Flynn

The writer/poet/playwright talks process, imagery, and the psychic difficulty of crafting his latest memoir.

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Voices Parry

Wrestling with my critical inner monologue.

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One Way or Another

How I keep writing through the pandemic.

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Norman Mailer & Me

Apparently, Imposter Syndrome isn’t genetic.

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An Interview with Laura Zam

The writer, speaker, certified trauma professional, and sexuality educator talks The Pleasure Plan.

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An Interview with Sue Eisenfeld

The writer talks history, Southern Jews, and releasing a book during a pandemic.

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Sharing Stories

Why I talk to people is why I write.

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An Interview with Libby Copeland

The author talks identity, spit kits, and the hidden pitfalls of untangling your DNA.

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The Story of <i>Oh!</i>

How bodice-rippers taught me to love reading.

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The Song Remains the Same

…But it cures my writer’s block in endlessly different ways.

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In Memoir Veritas?

Yes, says the author. What’s true is true.