Writer of facts and fiction

I write novels and stories inspired by sets of facts and bodies of knowledge. I'm a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and my writing appears or is forthcoming in Iron Horse, Stone Canoe, Red Line Blues, SN Review, The Metamer Quarterly, and elsewhere. Right now, I'm at work on a novel in short stories connected by water.

I live in Ithaca, New York, where I work as a writer for Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences, reporting on faculty research in a wide range of subjects. Recent favorites include articles on: babies, black holes, and a book of spellbinding poetry.

Send me a thought, a link, or a poem. I love to connect with people in the writing community. And fellow runners and theater geeks, too.


Recent Blog Posts

Several open books in a pile

Novel beginnings and beginning novels with Dana Spiotta

By Kate Blackwood | February 27, 2021

Those first words set the tone, voice, place, language, and objective of the novel. Like the set of instructions that comes with a game, they teach the reader how to “play the game” of this world.

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six people playing hockey on ice outdoors

Speakeasy Hockey

By Kate Blackwood | February 21, 2021

Christian Klueg’s back door opens directly onto ice smooth enough to reflect his house and his coiled garden hose.

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Mountain peak covered in greenery and snow

Read of the Week: Accidents and Trails

By Kate Blackwood | February 11, 2021

Do you keep hiking, or do you fly home?

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