Hello, Reader!

Welcome to Kimchi Voodoo! (My ever so humble website.). My name is Kate Gjerde. My pen name is Kate Anne Kang. This is where I’ll keep you posted on my latest readings and other shenanigans that I’m up to.

You’ve probably found this site because you have heard of my memoir, Given Away. It is available through Amazon. Buy the book here.

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I’d love to meet you at one of these events!


Saturday, March 17, 4:00-7:00, AK Connection. (For members only).

Tuesday, January 30, 7:00, Savage Public Library, Savage MN.

Monday, January 29, 7:30, Morningside After Dark, Music and Story Telling, “Second Chances.” Edina Morningside Church, Edina MN.

Saturday, January 20, 1:00, Chanhassen Public Library, Chanhassen MN.


Wednesday, May 17, 7:00, The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis MN.

Tuesday, May 23, 6:30, Rockford Road Library, Crystal MN.

Sunday, June 4, 3:00-5:00, Tin Bins Cafe, Stillwater MN.

Tuesday, June 20, 6:30, Beaverdale Bookstore, Des Moines IA.

Thursday, June 22, 1:00, Amery Community Center, Amery WI.

Wednesday, July 12, 6:30, Shell Lake Public Library, Shell Lake WI.

Tuesday, October 24, 6:30, St. Louis Park Library, SLP MN – my childhood library!

Saturday, November 11, 10:00 a.m., Heyde Center, Chippewa Falls, WI.

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Also, I’d be happy to come to your book club, bookstore, library and maybe read a passage or two.

Additionally, if you’re interested in a Given Away Reading Guide, please contact me and I’ll send one to you!

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My last day in Korea. September 1969. Oppa, me, and Omma.

I’d like to thank these people for inviting me in to their homes and community to discuss my book!

Claudia Kroeck, Jessica Mork, Laura Bigirindavyi, Ellen Rindal, Dorothy Karlson and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Barb Whiting, DKG, Sue Hansen, Elisa Cottle, Britny Aklik, Mary Ellen Schmider, Marilyn Murphy, Lori Johnson, Elizabeth Dolphin, Maren Wilbur, Janie Elias, Rebecca Sorensen, Paula LaFranierre, and Stacy Lenarz. A special thanks to Kay Hermann, proprietor of Outside In Gifts in downtown Amery. She took in three dozen books and sold them quickly over the summer! Thank you.

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I live in Minnesota where I teach English language learners from grades K-12. I enjoy solitude and socializing equally. I play in not one, but two Chinese mahjong groups (going on sixteen years), I’m in a book club, and a writing group. For peace and quiet I run with my yellow lab or curl up in my sunny writing room to read. This room is also where the magic happened–my book.

I’m happily married to my best friend, Jon. I have two teens: a daughter, 20 and a son, 16. In two years when they graduate from college and high school respectively, we will take a family trip to Korea! They will have an opportunity to see their Halmoni (grandma), my Omma, who my daughter hasn’t seen in five years, nor my son since he was a baby.

Check under “Musings” for a reading I did for Listen To Your Mother Show, May 2016 held at the Riverview Theater. YouTube: Kate Gjerde.

Contact me on FaceBook: Kate Anne Gjerde

Here’s my health tip: eat your kimchi–daily!