about callie bates



Callie Bates is a writer, harpist and certified harp therapist, sometimes artist, and nature nerd. When she’s not creating, she’s hitting the trails or streets and exploring new places. She lives in the Upper Midwest. She's the author of The Waking Land trilogy, available now from Del Rey Books: The Waking Land (2017), The Memory of Fire (2018), and The Soul of Power (2019).

Her short story "The Heart Box" appears in the Unfettered III anthology, and she occasionally writes nonfiction. Her essays have appeared in Shambhala SunThe Best Buddhist Writing 2012All Things Girl and online journals.

She is represented by Hannah Bowman of Liza Dawson Associates.

Read some of her work online:

"Creating from the Deep Well." How I write, why I write. June 2019.

"Crafting Resonance: Music & Writing." How music and writing are intertwined, for me. June 2018.

“The Purple Wig.” The original essay appeared in Shambhala Sun and was anthologized in The Best Buddhist Writing 2012. (What appears here is an excerpt, not the full essay.)

“Periodic Nightmares” in All Things Girl. (Their website is currently hacked.)

“The North Wind.” Musings on winter and why I'm sometimes pleased when there’s still snow in April.

“The Swans at Roxleigh.” In which tragedy befalls disaffected post-WWII people at a made-up stately home in England’s Lake District. Winner of the Nick Adams Short Story Contest.