Paula K. Read is a writer, translator and screenwriter.

My fiction and non-fiction has been published in numerous literary and online journals, and I’ve been the recipient of several national arts grants.

My pieces on feminist and environmental issues offer unique and unusual perspectives on a variety of topics. As panelist at the 2018 Geneva Writers Conference, I discussed writing to make a difference and how writers can become activists on the page. I reflect on the rewards and frustrations of using writing to try to alter awareness, both of oneself and of others.

Strangest thing I’ve ever written: A complete German-English dictionary for film and television. It went into six editions, and I’ll never do it again.

Below is a selection of fiction and non-fiction work.

Pillow Talk in Necessary Fiction


A story of a woman beset with an inconvenient dilemma.

Render in Bartleby Snopes


A story of food, lodging and questionable landladies.

Burp in Jersey Devil Press


A story of an all-embracing love.

Kama Suture


A short story of a long birth, in Rind Literary Magazine.

Thank you, Fish Publishing Young Adult Novel Prize judges, for including me on the 2015 long list!

Thank you, Bristol Short Story Prize judges, for including House of Doors in the 2015 Bristol Short Story Anthology!



Pests? Pets? How Language Changes Our Perception of Animals
In a world of declining biodiversity, dismissing creatures as nuisances is becoming unsustainable

In: How We Get To Next


A New Mourning: Remembrance Day for Lost Species
In this modern age of nature disconnect, can a ritual lamenting extinct animals and lost habitats help people cope with environmental devastation?

In Undark Magazine


I’m very pleased to have received the 1st prize for non-fiction in the 2014 Geneva Writers Group 2014 Literary Prize.

Other non-fiction reads: The Huffington Post, Medium, and The Feminist Wire.