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 Red Line Blues, SN Review, the Gihon River Review, The Metamer Quarterly, and elsewhere. My story "Silver Tongue" won the Iron Horse 2020 Trifecta contest. Right now, I'm writing 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 variety of subjects. Recent favorites include: male entitlement, radiocarbon dating, social media, Obamacare, and Chinese poetry in translation.

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

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Book review: The History of Bees

By Kate Blackwood | April 10, 2020

Honeybees star in this book. They don’t speak, but they are continually communicating. By the end, I was fully impressed by the important role bees play in global agriculture and the danger to overlooking them or even abusing them.

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Books for the musician, music for the writer

By Kate Blackwood | April 8, 2020

Practicing the piano was his work. Reading was his fun. The pattern is the same now.

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Winter Chill

By Kate Blackwood | January 26, 2020

Like any hard thing, there is only one route from “before” to “after,” and that is through.

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