Katherine McCord has an MFA from Warren Wilson College and an MA in Creative Writing/Poetry. Her creative nonfiction memoir, My CIA (--her father was in the
CIA--), is just out from Telling Our Stories Press. She has two other books out, ISLAND and LIVING ROOM (prose poems), done by March Street. She's been published in such journals as AMERICAN POETRY REVIEW (five prose poems), CAKETRAIN, SOUTHLOOP REVIEW, PLATH PROFILES and MARGIE. Recently she was a finalist in the Emerging Writer Fellowship Contest held by The Writer's Center of Maryland. In 2011, she was awarded a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Poetry. Ten of her poems that were melded into a story were nominated for a Pushcart Prize by CAKETRAIN. The title piece from MY CIA was also recently nominated for a Pushcart. She has been a finalist or semi-finalist for the following: The Joaquin Miller Cabin Reading Series, the Autumn House Press Open Competition, The "Discovery"/THE NATION Poetry Contest, The POET LORE Narrative Poetry Competition, and The Chester H. Jones Foundation National Poetry Competition.
My CIA, Katherine McCord's Creative Nonfiction memoir, written in lyric essay form, has just been published by Telling Our Stories Press. McCord is the daughter of a former CIA Officer. Because of this, she and her sister were born in Monrovia, Liberia, Africa, and lived in Katmandu, Nepal. McCord looks back, using the deep connection she has with her sister, through the lens of the present (--she is married and has two daughters--) to discover truths about who she is, who her father was, her mother, and what it means, for her, to live.
In RALPH Book Review, Sarah Lee Fox wrote, "Ms. McCord is a charming writer, and I was knocked out by my CIA, oops, I mean, MY CIA. There is a mix here of the normal and ordinary life, and the very exotic if now existentially threatening previous life . . . She's a stylist well capable of blending the banal and the scary." RALPH named her memoir, MY CIA, as one of the top ten of 2012 and added it to their ongoing list of great nonfiction reads. Finally, MY CIA was also showcased, as a Baker Artist Award winner, through an art installation co-produced by McCord and Maryland Institute of College of Art's MFA in Curatorial Practice Program in December of 2013.
Publications and Prizes
Books:My CIA: A Memoir
(Telling Our Stories Press, 2012), Living Room: A Year in the Life of a Writing Mother
(March Street Press, 2004), Island
(March Street Press, 2002)
Journals:American Poetry Review
, Plath Profiles
Maryland Individual Artist Award (state grant),
Baker Artist Award
Katherine McCord Resume
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Listing last updated: January 1, 2014