This is the book version of Lebo's popular zine of the same name (2,000 copies sold). The zine has proven especially popular at Elliott Bay Books and Prairie Lights.
Lebo won the Joan Grayston Prize for new poets and a Nelson Bentley Fellowship at the University of Washington in 2012.
Poet Heather McHugh calls A Commonplace Books of Pie “not so much the secret’s telling as the telling secret.”
Lebo was a pie judge at the 2011 Iowa State Fair. She hopes to be back in 2013.
Her work appeared in Best New Poets 2011, published by University of Virginia Press.
Lebo writes about food on her blog pie-school.com. She has been featured in the Seattle media (Seattle Weekly, local NPR affiliate KUOW) several times for both her pie-baking and her poetry. Local NBC affiliate King 5 has filmed and will air sometime in early 2013 a segment about Kate Lebo as Seattle's "pie poet."
Genre- and cliche-busting book will feature 25 original 4-color paintings by Jessica Lynn Bonin. Both Bonin and Lebo are feminists steeped in DIY culture.
Lebo promises to bake and/or bring pie to bookstore events whenever possible. Booksellers get the first slice.