Katharine Coldiron

Discipline/Field: Fiction

Based in: Los Angeles, CA

About: Katharine Coldiron is the author of five books (two forthcoming) from indie presses, in various genres.  She was born in the American South to a Navy captain and a professor of translation and poetry, and moved ten times before high school. She loves Los Angeles desperately and she has brought the city and its most notorious industry to life in many publications.

Project Title: Men from Other Countries uses Casablanca (1943) as a jumping-off point to tell the story of Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman’s character): how she came to marry Victor Laszlo, how she found herself in Paris in the summer of 1940, and, most importantly, who she is when not seen through the eyes of men from other countries. Deeper than a fictional biography, or a crossover film project, it explores the effects of a genuine political emergency on a person who is fundamentally apolitical. It also begs the question of what it means to belong in a place, and how it feels to find that belonging after a lifetime of going without it.

Relevant Links: kcoldiron.com; Twitter @ferrifrigida; Instagram @katharinecoldiron; and, Facebook KatharineColdironMason