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, SN Review, 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: babies, black holes, artificial intelligence, 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.

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Recent Blog Posts

Read of the week: A Fire Lookout in 2009

By Kate Blackwood | September 19, 2021

An essay about the 2007 fire season in one New Mexico wilderness becomes a bit of a time capsule for me in 2021.

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What the birds tell me on my birthday

By Kate Blackwood | September 8, 2021

I look for bird omens, especially on my birthday. Here’s what three egrets and a blue heron predict for my year to come.

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Read of the week: Lake

By Kate Blackwood | September 5, 2021

I took a break from most things this week to spend time reading the surface, waves, and moods of Lake Huron.

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