Kathleen Buckstaff is an award-winning author, columnist, speaker and artist. Her columns have been published in The Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Arizona Republic, The Sun Literary Magazine and The San Francisco Chronicle. She has been speaking and performing at schools, churches, conferences and theaters for 20 years.
Kathleen’s most recent book, Get Savvy: Letters to a Teenage Girl about Sex and Love is an Award-Winning Finalist for Best New Non-Fiction in the International Book Awards. Get Savvy is listed on Amazon as a Hot New Release: #1 in Parenting Teen Girls, #1 in Women’s Sexual Health, and #1 in Abuse Self-Help.
In Get Savvy, Kathleen writes a series of letters to a teenage girl about her own experience at a prestigious New England prep school and what she later learned about predators, sex and love. Throughout Get Savvy, Kathleen weaves in over 60 interviews she’s conducted with college students, recent graduates, healthcare professionals, professors, and self-defense instructors. Get Savvy contains a journal section with reflection questions and educational material and can be used as a teaching tool for students, parents, counselors and educators to facilitate conversation on dating and social issues. Click here to learn more. To watch a reading from Get Savvy, click here.
In 2010, Kathleen created a one-woman play “The Tiffany Box, a love remembered” from her own private emails, letters, published columns and diary entries about the last two years of her mother’s life. She performed the play to sold-out theatres in San Francisco, Phoenix and NYC. Kathleen expanded the play into a book called The Tiffany Box, a memoir which was honored as a USA BEST BOOK AWARDS finalist and an INTERNATIONAL BEST BOOK AWARDS finalist.
Kathleen’s book Mother Advice To Take With You To College: Humor, Inspiration and Wisdom To Go was released in March of 2014. Mother Advice contains over 65 line drawings and was created from journal entries she made after her middle son went to college and she kept thinking of things she wanted to make certain that he knew. Many Facebook friends enjoy Kathleen’s stick-figure doodles and inspirational saying. Click here to view. And private clients have collected Kathleen’s Fine Art Photographs for over a decade. One photograph was selected as a top photograph by Women in Photography International.
Kathleen has a BA in Creative Writing from Stanford and a MA in Journalism from Stanford. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, their three children and their dog, Lily.
Kathleen Buckstaff has a big heart and a truth-telling spirit. She spins an intergenerational story about grandparents, parents and children who are glued together by generosity and love. Her book will sweep you to the center of her family’s joys and tragedies. . . . The Tiffany Box is just plain wonderful.”
—Paola Gianturco, author of Grandmother Power