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

desk, plant, cement wall that says: Punch today in the face

Best read of the week: God in the office

By Kate Blackwood | September 18, 2020

A raft of divinity school trained advisors is helping the scattered flock of white collar workers to honor moments of silence to open Zoom meetings or hold funeral rites for failed projects.

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children and adults on a city stoop.Historical image

Book review: The Warmth of Other Suns

By Kate Blackwood | September 14, 2020

Migrants from the South were courageous, resourceful, and determined, ultimately benefiting the communities they arrived in and transforming America as we know it.

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Social media stage fright

By Kate Blackwood | September 12, 2020

Some people feel awkward in the virtual spotlight.

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