Kate Adams, a first-generation Californian, left the state of her birth for Austin, Texas, where women who were much, much better at it than she ever was let her play softball on a team called the Yam Queens (right field). At the same time, she earned a Ph.D. at the University of Texas, studying American literary and cultural history as well as lesbian/feminist print culture. Before the Ph.D—from the first grade to a master’s degree in English—she was educated in California’s public schools. She writes regularly and she reads promiscuously. She was for many years an itinerant teacher, practicing her craft in colleges in California (San Jose State University and Stanford University), in Texas (Southwestern University, St. Edward’s University, Austin Community College, and the University of Texas), and in Arizona (Yavapai College). Since 1996, she has made her home in Santa Maria, where she is a professor of English at Allan Hancock College and a faculty advisor to the ASBG Gender & Sexuality Acceptance group. She has a restless mind and a big laugh. She volunteers with the Fund for Santa Barbara because its people and its mission are always challenging her to use her brain, change her mind, and cultivate her heart.
/ / / Kate Adams, Board Member