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 Red Line Blues, SN Review, the Gihon River Review, The Metamer Quarterly, and elsewhere. My story "Silver Tongue" won the Iron Horse 2020 Trifecta contest. Right now, I'm writing a novel in short stories 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 variety of subjects. Recent favorites include: male entitlement, radiocarbon dating, social media, Obamacare, and Chinese poetry in translation.

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

Feet propped up on a bench, coffee mug

In the best shape of my life. Really.

By Kate Blackwood | September 6, 2020

It’s a little like a fish story (“It was THIS big!”) but you have to believe me.

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Shadows shaped like people on a sidewalk

Best read of the week: Nonconforming

By Kate Blackwood | August 28, 2020

Reintroducing the college campus as a place one comes not to fit in but to stand out

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Flat beach, water, dim colors, two people in the distance

Book review: The Maytrees

By Kate Blackwood | August 15, 2020

This book is like a tent made of the very best material and ingenious design, packing a whole dwelling down into a piece of art I am going to take with me and set up and live in again.

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