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, SN Review, 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.

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 wide range of subjects. Recent favorites include articles on: babies, black holes, artificial intelligence, 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

Read of the week: A country without music

By Kate Blackwood | August 22, 2021

My hope for young musicians in Afghanistan living in fear is that they will find music in their minds. Beyond this, I feel helpless.

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A sunset reflected in still water of a lake

Read of the Week: A valley cut in the shape of his heart

By Kate Blackwood | August 8, 2021

I have moments when I’m afraid I’m losing touch with the world. Sidhu’s essay helps me to remember that by tuning in to my immediate surroundings, I gain an intimate knowledge of a place that’s now cut in the shape of my heart.

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Olympian mothers

By Kate Blackwood | August 6, 2021

This year more than ever before, elite athletes who are also moms are proving what women are capable of. I’m tapping into their energy.

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