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: a free press and democracy, exoplanets, 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.

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Recent Blog Posts

Book cover: 1000 Words

1000 Words. 32,000 companions

By Kate Blackwood | January 31, 2024

The first few weeks of 2024 delivered a tool for counteracting discouragement and isolation: the book “1000 Words: A Writer’s Guide to Staying Creative, Focused, and Productive All Year Round.”

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Five things I’ve learned this year about writing from running

By Kate Blackwood | December 31, 2023

On facing fears, depending on friends, overcoming inertia, and more.

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Lost: Coffee mug. Found: persistence.

By Kate Blackwood | December 24, 2023

Novel brain goes to work on a real-world (although minimal) problem.

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