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

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Read of the week: Olympian from a dairy farm near me

By Kate Blackwood | August 1, 2021

I can’t wait to watch Elle Purrier St. Pierre run in the Olympic 1,500 event this week. And this NY Times profile makes me eager to start running again, past my local dairy barns.

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Read of the week: The point of view of the alien

By Kate Blackwood | July 18, 2021

Astronomer Lisa Kaltenegger catalogues the clock of celestial bodies, turning the point of view back toward Earth: how might THEY find us, and what might we look like to them?

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Public House

By Kate Blackwood | July 15, 2021

The medieval origin of the British pub – the “public house” – meets modern day parental day-drinking.

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