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.


Recent Blog Posts

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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Singing her own song: Where music and story merge

By Kate Blackwood | February 26, 2022

This week I contributed a poem – a song without music – to an organ concert full of stories without words.

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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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