Kate Portrait CroppedWhen I was a child, I had to write essays for my allowance–$1 per page–which suggested a link between writing and money that I have been trying to substantiate ever since.

I wrote my first book, The Neppi Modona Diaries (UPNE), soon after receiving my bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College. The Neppi Modona Diaries tells the sometimes conflicting stories of a family of Jews who suffered under Fascist racial laws in Italy and went into hiding to survive the Nazi invasion. It also explores my own perspective as a post-Holocaust, non-believing Jew at the end of the twentieth century.  In A Walk Down the Aisle: Notes on a Modern Wedding, I chronicled my wedding to a man with whom I had lived for eight years, carefully examining the American wedding ritual, as powerfully irresistible as it is functionally outdated.

I enjoy the challenge of writing for a variety of clients–an architect, a health insurer, a music school–and, on their behalf, tackling every form, from email newsletter to documentary voiceover to thank-you note. I work often and happily as a line editor, freelancing for both publishers and authors.

My own essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Slate, Salon, Fine Cooking, Brain Child Magazine, and The Forward, as well as on 51%, a syndicated public radio show about women, and WAMC’s The Roundtable. I am writing a book about raising my children as atheists. I’ve got three of them, one husband, and forty chickens; we all live on a farm in Albany, New York.

Selected Links

Car Ride With Lena, The Washington Post

America’s Problem with Atheists in the White House, The Washington Post

How to Scare People on Halloween, Slate

How an Atheist Answered Her Daughter’s Questions About God, Buzzfeed

7 Things You Don’t Have to Do to Be an Atheist, Bustle

Where Are All the Normal Atheists? Salon

Some Baby, Brainchild Magazine

Grace for an Atheist Thanksgiving, Patheos


3 thoughts on “About

  1. SiverBlack says:

    I was so excited to see your article in my new FFRF newsletter yesterday. I said, “Hey! I know her! I follow her blog.” Thank you for the work you do.

  2. Mimi says:

    I also saw your article in the FFRF newsletter. I am new to your blog and look forward to your book on raising children as atheists. I have looked for books on parenting and atheism and there is almost nothing out there. As a mother of two young girls, I struggle at times to find the community and tools to teach them that being an atheist is an incredibly positive way of viewing the world and our day to day existence.

    • Kate Cohen says:

      Thank you, Mimi! As my children age, we have more political conversations, and fewer of the Big Talks about death and the universe and so on. I would love to know what your conversations with your girls are like, and what you find most difficult about this path. If something comes up, reach me through the Contact page. I’ll get right back to you.

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