Katie grew up in Atlanta, GA and Las Vegas, NV. She earned her BA in Spanish from Westmont College and an MFA in poetry from Bennington College. She has worked as the director of a creative writing initiative for children living in Section 8 housing and as a high school Spanish teacher. She is currently pursuing a PhD in creative writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 


Her work has appeared in The Rio Review, North American Review, Southern Indiana Review, Prairie Schooner, and Five Points as the recipient of the 2018 James Dickey Prize for Poetry. She was awarded a fellowship at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and her first full length poetry collection has been a finalist for the Noemi Press Poetry Prize and the Autumn House Rising Writer Book Prize. 



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