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.

As a writer for Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences, I report on faculty research in a wide range of subjects. Recent favorites include articles on: exoplanets, religion, 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.


Recent Blog Posts

Person stands, holding a baby, in a desert landscape next to a sign that says "Sloan Canyon"

Imagining a landscape – then going

By Kate Blackwood | May 27, 2023

Can we only write about places we’ve been? My recent trip to a Nevada wilderness area provided a good test case.

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Closet musician

By Kate Blackwood | April 23, 2023

Disconnecting my pleasure in doing a thing from anybody’s reaction.

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Movies of the month: Love and Labor

By Kate Blackwood | March 18, 2023

In which the protagonists love what they labor at, interrupt love for labor, find love through labor, or, in the case of the last one, kidnap a sexist, egotistical boss and suspend him from the ceiling of his own country house.

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