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.

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, 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

Best read of the week: How did it come to this?

By Kate Blackwood | August 8, 2020

Are Americans too eager to return to normal?

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Farm field curving near trees, black and white

Dramatic effect

By Kate Blackwood | July 27, 2020

That complication is satisfying—when we’re witnessing someone else’s story, someone else’s suffering.

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Best read of the week: Rogue waves

By Kate Blackwood | July 26, 2020

They’re more rare than rolling three straight roulette bets, but once in a while, like on New Year’s Day, 1995 on the North Sea, one pounces.

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