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 in Iron Horse, Stone Canoe, Sport Literate, and elsewhere. Find my review of Best Microfiction 2021 at Trampset. I'm at work on a novel composed of short stories, all 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: baby talk, extreme astronomy, and a submarine robot named Icefin.

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.

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Recent Blog Posts

Five irreplaceable, unduplicatable things I love about Ithaca

By Kate Blackwood | August 18, 2022

You won’t find these unmistakable landmarks anywhere else. And I miss them.

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News of the vast and the minuscule

By Kate Blackwood | July 17, 2022

Two machines fired up this month to help us see into the extremes of being – the cosmically large and the incredibly tiny. Witnessing both searches, I’m catching on to the importance of seeking out where we came from and what we’re made of.

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Ambient noise and distant windows: A history of my offices

By Kate Blackwood | July 2, 2022

Started in early June to celebrate a move into my very own office space, this post has taken a month to draft, during which life has changed yet again.

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