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: a free press and democracy, exoplanets, 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.


Recent Blog Posts

Writing about music

By Kate Blackwood | September 30, 2023

“This Woman’s Work” gathers 17 essays by women who use concrete experiences of music – a mix tape, a favorite song, an embarrassing encounter with a rock star – to open up larger stories.  

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Live from Kyiv

By Kate Blackwood | August 26, 2023

The conversation on an August Saturday morning (evening for those in Ukraine) was delightful, informative, heartrending – and, like the novel is purported to be, heartening

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Slim Cranky’s Greatest Hits

By Kate Blackwood | July 29, 2023

The songs stuck in my head after two years of parenting

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