Katharine and her father Dayton Ogden in Small Point Maine

Katharine's graduation picture from Yale

Lenny and Katharine the night before their wedding

Lenny, Katharine, Dayton Ogden (Katharine's brother), and his wife Peggy at La Pietra

Katharine standing in doorway of La Quercia, Umbria, Italy

About Katharine Ogden Michaels

Katharine Ogden Michaels graduated Magna Cum Laude from Yale University, along with the first group of women to be admitted to Yale College and received her Masters degree in English and American Literature from UC Berkeley.  

Katharine is the lead writer of The Gambler, a 1997 dramatic film written in collaboration with famed Director Karoly Makk, that won awards at the Brussels, Emden, and Festroia-Troia International Film Festivals. From 2012 to the present she has regularly published essays in the literary quarterly, The Threepenny Review, and has recently written an introduction to a new Italian translation of the Joseph Conrad novel The Mirror of the Sea, published by Rizzoli in June 2021.  She is the co-author of Rembrandt, a Catalogue for a 1989 show of original prints by the artist at the Barclay Simpson Art Gallery in Lafayette, CA. 

As Literary Executor and Editor for the work of her husband, acclaimed writer Leonard Michaels, Katharine brought out selected fiction and non-fiction collections of his work published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 2007 and 2009. She authored editor’s notes for the Collected Stories and The Essays of Leonard Michaels. She is currently working on a fictional memoir called The Fourth Wife.  

Since 1990 Katharine has restored over 15 antique stone farmhouses and villas in Umbria and Tuscany, Italy and continues to manage several of these properties for the partnerships that own them. 

She splits her time between Berkeley, CA and Umbria, Italy.

To find out more about Katharine’s eclectic life as writer, translator, general contractor, editor, and literary executor, please see her Blogs, available on this website.