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.

As a writer for Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences, I report on faculty research in a wide range of subjects. Recent favorites include articles on: baby talk, extreme astronomy, 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

Running with, not against

By Kate Blackwood | June 20, 2022

One word makes a big difference.

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An adult holds a small child near large rocks at the top of a mountain; sea in the distance

Goin’ to Bangor: A song and childhood memory

By Kate Blackwood | May 29, 2022

On my first trip to Maine, a Patty Griffin song teaches me the pronunciation of “Bangor” and the value of early experiences.

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Billowing clouds of pink light in space

Advice for writers of physics or fiction

By Kate Blackwood | April 23, 2022

Character, tension, motivation: Natalie Wolchover teaches that a good science story is a lot like a good short story.

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