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Kate Wheeler (novelist)

Kate Wheeler (born 1955 Oklahoma) is an American novelist and meditation teacher. Since 2016, she has served as the coordinator of the Meditation Retreat Teacher Training Program at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA, where she trains senior students to be empowered as teachers.

She also is a practicing Buddhist teacher and instructor that offers retreats, talks, and person guidance to communities and individuals.

She is currently authorized by:

  • Insight Meditation Society, Barre MA
  • Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Fairfax, CA
  • Kilung Jigme Rinpoche, Kham, Tibet and Langley, WA
  • Harilal Poonja, Lucknow, India
  • Sayadaw U Pandita, Rangoon, Burma.


She was raised in various parts of South America. She graduated from Rice University, and Stanford University. She was ordained a Buddhist nun in Burma.[1] She teaches at Southwest Texas State University.[2] She was a panelist at the Key West Literary Seminar.[3]

She is married and lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.


  • 1981 Second prize, Xerox-Atlantic Monthly American Short Story Contest
  • 1982 O. Henry Awards
  • 1983 Pushcart Prize
  • 1992 Best American Short Stories
  • 1993 O. Henry Awards
  • 1993 PEN/Faulkner runner-up
  • 1994 Whiting Award
  • 1994 NEA Fellowship
  • 1996 Twenty best novelists under 40 in US, Granta
  • 1997 Best of Outside: the First 20 Years
  • 1998 Guggenheim Fellowship [4]
  • 1999 Somerville Arts Council Grant
  • 2002 Best American Travel Writing
  • 2008 Best Women’s Travel Writing
  • 2008 The Best Buddhist Writing
  • 2008 Radcliffe Institute Fellow


  • Not Where I Started From. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1997. ISBN 978-0-395-86032-8.
  • When Mountains Walked. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2001. ISBN 978-0-618-12701-6.


  • Kate Wheeler, ed. (2004). Nixon under the bodhi tree and other works of Buddhist fiction. Wisdom Publications. ISBN 978-0-86171-354-7.



  1. ^ Curtis, C. Michael (2003-01-01). Faith: Stories. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 0618378243.
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  3. ^ "Kate Wheeler, Panelist - January 2006 Key West Literary Seminar". Retrieved 2016-04-14.
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