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.


Recent Blog Posts

Flipturns: Bonus material

By Kate Blackwood | February 7, 2022

Two landmark experiences during my pregnancy last year – swimming in the YMCA pool and hiking in New York’s Adirondack region – taught me that my son is a being separate from me and will be for the rest of his life. I wrote about it, and the wonderfully specific journal Sport Literate published my essay “Flip Turns” this winter.

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Several people running

Winter Chill #4: Goal, Plan, or Palanquin?

By Kate Blackwood | January 30, 2022

Palanquin: At some point after the turn-around, this word popped into my head. My legs were saying: hush up and ride.

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Blue running shoe

Winter Chill #3: Footwear

By Kate Blackwood | January 23, 2022

Snow over ice. Skates switched out for skis. The runners made some footwear switcheroos today, too.

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