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

Best Read of the Week: Reflections on runner Ahmaud Arbery, in The Atlantic and City Lab

By Kate Blackwood | May 15, 2020

The man in the security footage apparently took a drink of water from the construction site before continuing his run.

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Book review: Reading Station Eleven during a pandemic

By Kate Blackwood | May 13, 2020

After a second reading—this one during a pandemic much less severe than the one in the book—I see more. It’s a story about gratitude. And grace. And tenacity.

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Best Read of the Week: Sabrina Orah Mark on fairy tales, in PARIS REVIEW

By Kate Blackwood | May 8, 2020

In February, as a plague enters the land, she endures a three-day interview for a post she does not get, during which a several deans request of her seemingly impossible tasks.

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