Kate Barss

Instructor & Writer
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Kate Barss is a queer writer living in Toronto. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Catapult, The Hairpin, The Awl and others. She has been a finalist for prizes in The Iowa Review, The Master's Review, The Montreal International Poetry Prize, Room Magazine, Prism International, Event Magazine and others. One of her stories appeared on Wigleaf's List of Top 50 Short Fictions of 2018. She has been the recipient of literary grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.


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Cover Photo: An image of Ashley Bedet's 'Broken Moons'
The Moon and What You Get Back

She tells me our tip percentage is all about our mindset, even though people don’t tip well at brunch.

Jul 30, 2021
Cover Photo: Detail from Margareta Haverman's "A Vase of Flowers"/Metropolitan Museum of Art
What Does it Mean to Kill Something That Can Fly?

You wanted us to have a baby. I wanted your baby, and also for all the moths in the house to die.

Dec 21, 2018
Cover Photo: Tallulah Pomeroy

Do you know how dandelions reproduce?

Mar 16, 2018
Cover Photo: Tallulah Pomeroy
Insufficient Funds, But Plenty of Tooth and Feather

An ATM refuses to dispense money to a person considering suicide.

Oct 20, 2017