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Lucina Kathmann
BornAlbany, New York
OccupationWriter and activist
Alma materHarvard University and Northwestern University
Notable workPayshapes and the Bear
SpouseCharles Kuschinski(1942-1996)

Lucina Kathmann (born 28 April 1942) is an American writer and activist. Her multilingual books, essays, [1]and short stories have been published internationally. She has been an active member of PEN International, a worldwide association of writers fighting for freedom of expression, since 1986[2] And as a board member of the Chicago Network, she represents PEN International at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.[3]She is former chair of the Women Writers Committee of PEN International.[4]


Kathmann was born to a pair of physicians. Her father, Victor N.Tompkins, was a pathologist specializing in public health[5] while her mother, Ethel Cermak Tompkins, a medical school professor and an early specialist in psychosomatic medicine of children[6] Kathmann earned her BA in philosophy from Harvard University in 1964 and an MA from Northwestern University in 1967. She taught philosophy at Barat College [7] for a few years.


Kathmann’s writing is mainly about women, their struggles and accomplishments, their suppression and their extraordinary contributions to freedom and to literature. In 1989, her novel, The Adventures of the Magnificent Kong and Brawny Mouse was published by Liberty Press[8] and later came out on special tapes for the blind.

Kathmann and Kuschinski enrolled in a literary workshop in 1991, conducted by Daniel Sada, a highly regarded and influential writer, at the INBA in San Miguel de Allende. Moving forward, she wrote a lot of her own pieces in English and Spanish. Throughout the nineties, Kathmann published essays, poetry, translations and children’s stories in a variety of magazines, anthologies, and other venues."[9] A bilingual anthology of her children’s stories, Payshapes and the Bear, was published in 1999, [10] which was recognized as a finalist in the International Book Awards, sponsored by USA Book News. [11] A Forest of Mathematics, was featured in the “What’s New?” section of the Guadalajara International Book Fair, 2011.

Selected bibliography


  • The Adventure of the Magnificent Kong and Brawny Mouse, 1988 [12]
  • Payshapes and the Bear, Chiron Books, (English/Spanish)[13]
  • To Make Ourselves Heard/Para que nos escuchen : historias del Comité de Escritos del, Biblioteca de Textos Universitarios, 2002 [14]
  • A Forest of Mathematics,Chiron Books, 2008[15]
  • Private Spaces, Public Places: a woman at home in the world, Madeira Press, 2017[16]


  • “The Woman Who Knows Latin (Inglés),” "Cordite Poetry Review"[17]
  • “Destination Kurdistan,’’ "Cordite Poetry Review"[18]
  • “Murder by Another Name,’’ "PEN INTERNATIONAL", 7 April 2013 [19]
  • “Ženske morajo prenašati več težav”/”Women Have to Put up with More Problems,”[20]


Kathmann’s central life work has been her involvement with PEN International, beginning in 1986.[21] She has written and spoken extensively about women’s rights and women’s problems globally, especially about the largely uninvestigated disappearances and femicides of Ciudad Juarez[22] She now acts as International Vice president Emerita of PEN International[23] and has filled various leadership positions in her local chapter, the PEN Centre in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.[24]


  1. "Book review: Private Places, Public Spaces: a woman at home in the world, by Lucina Kathmann". Bob Broughton’s Blog. July 13, 2017.
  2. "PEN International's Oral Statement at the 57th CSW Session" (PDF). PEN_International.
  3. Lucina Kathmann (March 12, 2019). "United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 63 Second Day–12 March 2019". Chicago Network for Justice and Peace.
  4. Reykjavik (September 9, 2013). "PEN International Women Writers Committee". Scottish PEN.|
  5. "Dr. Victor N. Tompkins". Albany Times Union. September 5, 2008.
  6. "Ethel Cermak Tompkins, M.D., Class of 1934". The Warren Hunting Smith Library.
  7. Finding the Movement: Sexuality, Contested Space, and Feminist Activism. Duke Univ Press. November 30, 2007. ISBN 978-0822390381.
  8. "Books In Belgium".
  9. Joanne Leedom-Ackerman (June 30, 2020). "PEN Journey 33: Senegal and Jamaica: PEN's Reach to Old and New Centers".|
  10. "The San Miguel de Allende, Mexico centre of PEN International, a worldwide association of writers fighting for freedom of expression". PEN International San Miguel Center /. January 14, 2013.
  11. "The 2011 International Book Awards". INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS.
  12. "Feminist Library".
  13. "Chiron Books". Plays on Ideas.
  14. "To make ourselves heard : stories from the International PEN Women Writers Committee / Lucina Kathmann = Para que nos escuchen : historias del Comité de Escritos del PEN Inernational / Lucina Kathmann". The National library of Israel.
  15. "A Forest of Mathematics: Learning Math With Payshapes and the Bear (libro en inglés)A Forest of Mathematics: Learning Math With Payshapes and the Bear (libro en inglés)". buscalibre.
  16. "Private Spaces, Public Places". Madeira Press.
  17. "The Woman Who Knows Latin". Cordite Poetry Review. March 2004.
  18. "Destination Kurdistan". Cordite Poetry Review. November 2005.
  19. Lucina Kathmann (April 17, 2013). "Murder by Another Name". PEN INTERNATIONAL.
  20. "Ženske morajo prenašati več težav". Portal za književnost in mišljenje. November 2005.
  21. EZEQUIEL SOTO (September 2019). "LUCINA KATHMANN Y PEN INTERNACIONAL". El Sol de Salamanca.
  22. Lucina Kathmann (April 17, 2013). "Murder by Another Name". PEN INTERNATIONAL.
  23. "China: PIWCC writes to Xi Jinping on recent 'wave of arrests'". PEN INTERNATIONAL. December 2014.
  24. "A dangerous place in a dangerous country: an interview with Fernanda Ferral". PEN INTERNATIONAL.

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