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

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Best read of the week: The Bluest Eye

By Kate Blackwood | October 10, 2020

This week a novel dominated (in a good way) my brainwaves: Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye.”

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The White House at night

Best read of the week: What if?

By Kate Blackwood | October 3, 2020

A peaceful transition of power is not assured.

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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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