About Me

I’m a writer of Puerto Rican and Pennsylvania Dutch descent, born and raised in Harrisburg, PA, and currently living in Albany, NY. My username on Twitter is @RMoralesKearns.

My novel Kingdom of Women, about a female Roman Catholic priest in a slightly-alternate near-future, was published in  2017 by Jaded Ibis Press. The anthology I compiled/edited, The Female Complaint: Tales of Unruly Women, came out in 2015. My magic-realist short story collection Virgins and Tricksters was published in 2012.

between slats croppedI’m also very interested in supporting other writers. I’ve started a small feminist publishing house, Shade Mountain Press, publishing literary fiction by women. I’m also the creative prose editor at the journal WSQ.

I’ve worked as a freelance copyeditor for many years and have recently branched out into freelance book publicity work. I also have an MFA in creative writing and have taught creative writing at the University of Illinois, the State University of New York at Albany, and adult education venues.

Among the charities I support are those that help cats and other non-human animals: Whiskers Animal Benevolent League, Kitten Angels, Aslan’s Cats, and Farm Sanctuary.

The title for this blog is a quote from a movie review by A.O. Scott:  “Its spirit is not so much caustic as utopian, though it conjures a utopia . . . of blithe cluelessness, earnest self-delusion and joyful nonsense.”

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