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

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Best read of the week: Aerial video of the Cornell campus

By Kate Blackwood | May 31, 2020

My best read of the week this week is a flight over Ithaca, a film made by a Cornell senior.

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Best read of the week: Electronica dances with R&B, in Wire

By Kate Blackwood | May 23, 2020

“a powerful combination of two different cultural modes of expression and two very distinct visions of utopia.”

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Book review: Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

By Kate Blackwood | May 22, 2020

Family history and Texas culture come together to suggest that sometimes justice does need to make an end run around the law after all.

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