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 variety of subjects. Recent favorites include articles on: cyclones, male entitlement, 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.

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Recent Blog Posts

Blue water up close

The two-fold nature of water

By Kate Blackwood | April 11, 2020

The element that could kill you will also hold you up. The difference is a matter of trust.

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Honeybee up close

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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