Awards, Etc.



  • Mighty River Fiction Award, Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, Vol. 14, 2014.
  • Finalist, Glimmer Train, Fiction Open, spring 2013, 2011.
  • Missouri Writers Guild Fiction awards: Best Book, 2004;  Award Finalist in the Short Story, 2008. 
  • National Endowment for the Arts, Fiction Fellowship 1993-94
  • Prairie Schooner, Readers' Choice Award Winner, 1990.
  • American Fiction, Number 1. Prizewinner. Birch Lane Press, 1990.
  • Missouri Writers Biennial Award, Fiction Fellowship, 1989
  • Kansas Quarterly, Seaton Award Winner for Fiction; KQ/Kansas Arts Commission Award, 1985.
  • New Play Project (Missouri Repertory Theatre, Junior League of Greater Kansas City, and the UMKC School of Education). Finalist, for "Margaret Sanger Slept Here." 1984
  • Artist in Residence, Johnson County Community College; Overland Park, KS 1984.
  • Margo Jones Playwriting Award, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX, for A Measure of Trust, 1982.

Praise for the work of....

Now We Can All Go Home: 3 Novellas in Homage to Chekhov 

“… Browder succeeds admirably in capturing the nuances of Russian life as portrayed by Chekhov, and the depths of her understanding of the great playwright’s characters makes her visions of their futures seem inevitable… Her experiment—to allow Chekhov’s characters to live and love long after the theater has gone dark—has resulted in a thoroughly satisfying collection that is a worthy homage to the great Russian playwright.” --Foreword Reviews

“… In a tour de force of the imagination, Catherine Browder deeply inhabits the point of view of central characters from three Chekhov plays—and creates the continuation of their lives in three convincing, charming and moving novellas.” ---Jane Burroway: author of Losing Tim; Opening Nights

“…Exhibiting a major literary talent of her own, Catherine Browder does Chekhov’s plays and the characters that inhabit them a full measure of justice with new and imaginative storytelling that rivals Chekhov himself.  Erudite, ingenious, original, and vivid….”   ---Wisconsin Bookwatch

Secret Lives: stories

Catherine Browder takes us to the heart of so many convincing characters with such disparate lives that she seems to me to be half writer, half magician. These are beautiful stories. Secret Lives is a real achievement.       --Ann Patchett

Don’t miss it… Secret Lives consists of 11 crafty tales and characters who seem straightforward but ultimately reveal more emotional complications than their peers perceive…She’s deft, for example, with setting and comfortable with placing her characters in locales that move from Kansas City to Kyoto, Japan. But her greatest asset isn’t place or plot; it is characters. Any reader who delights in the workings of the human psyche and human behavior should enjoy Secret Lives.   --John Mark Eberhart, The Kansas City Star

The Clay That Breathes: a novella and stories 

… Catherine Browder writes of students and immigrants struggling to find their footing in the United States and Asia without losing their values or themselves. The result is “The Clay That Breathes,” a richly textured collection of six stories and a novella that gently question how identity is determined by language, custom and race. A careful observer of both character and dialect, Ms. Browder moves between cultures and points of view with insight and ease…. ---Robin Bromley, The New York Times.

These elegant, keenly aware stories make a lasting impression, and Browder’s Asians have as much consequence in the canon of expatriate literature as Norman Rush’s Africans or Bharati Mukherjee’s Indians.    --Bob Shacochis, author of The Woman Who Lost Her Soul

Professional associations past and present

-   Society of Midland Authors

-   Missouri Writers Guild

-   Dramatics Guild of America

-   Writers Place, Kansas City, MO

-   Playwrights Circle of Greater Kansas City