Braestrup, Elizabeth Kate (1962 - )

Genre: General Fiction, Non-Fiction

Kate Braestrup (born June 5, 1962) grew up in Washington, D.C. and is the daughter of the noted writer/journalist, editor of The Wilson Quarterly Peter Braestrup (1929-1997). Kate's grandfather, Carl Bjorn Braestrup (1897-1982), worked on the Manhattan Project and co-invented a cobalt-therapy machine used for cancer treatment.

Kate met her first husband, James Andrew 'Drew' Griffith, when they were both students at the Corcoran School of Art. They were married in 1985 and moved to Maine in the late 1980s when the Maine State Police hired Griffith. In 1996 he was killed in a vehicle accident while on duty. Her second husband is artist Simon van der Ven

Braestrup lives in Lincolnville with her family. She is a graduate of Bangor Theological Seminary and a community minister affiliated with the First Universalist Church in Rockland. She serves as chaplain for the Maine Warden Service.

Selected Bibliography


  • Onion (1990)


  • Here If You Need Me (2007)
  • Marriage and Other Acts of Charity (2010)
  • Beginner's Grace: Bringing Prayer to Life (2010)

Selected Resources