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

Books for the musician, music for the writer

By Kate Blackwood | April 8, 2020

Practicing the piano was his work. Reading was his fun. The pattern is the same now.

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Curtain in window with race number attached

Winter Chill

By Kate Blackwood | January 26, 2020

Like any hard thing, there is only one route from “before” to “after,” and that is through.

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Wooden sign post with Japanese writing amidst flowers

The accidental pilgrim

By Kate Blackwood | April 18, 2019

At the heart of my trip to Japan in April 2019 was a five-day, four-night “self-guided tour” on Shikoku Island.

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