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

Olive green bird

Read of the week: Songbird lost at sea

By Kate Blackwood | April 2, 2021

A female scarlet tanager dropped onto the ship and for five days became a star passenger.

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person under the surface of a swimming pool

Swimming is her favorite state of being: ‘Chronology of Water’

By Kate Blackwood | March 27, 2021

If we ever ended up in the same YMCA pool, Lidia would swim me out of the water. But we both know what it means to show up.

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beach beside a river, fog

What I didn’t expect from a place I’ve never been: Action in “Mendocino Fire”

By Kate Blackwood | March 6, 2021

The way she tells it, it’s happening before you know it’s happening, much the same way the character is plunged into the sea or down a steep drop or into the vortex of an irrevocable relational tangle. The prose is swift and unexpectedly physical.

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