Katherine McCord

7490 Wind Swept Court
Sykesville, MD 21784

Author's Bio

My two books of poetry are Island and Living Room (prose poems). My third book, My CIA, is a lyric essay/memoir. My CIA was named a top ten book of 2012 by the Review of Art, Literature, Philosophy and Humanities and added to their ongoing list of great nonfiction reads. It won a Baker Artist Award; was showcased on Maryland Public Television’s, An Artworks Special; and was featured through an art installation co-produced by Maryland Institute College of Art’s MFA in Curatorial Practice in early December 2013 in Baltimore. I have published widely in literary journals and magazines such as American Poetry Review. I have an MFA in Poetry and an MA in English/Creative Writing/Poetry. In 2011 and 2014, I won Maryland Individual Artist Awards (state grants in creative writing in poetry). I have been awarded finalist/semi-finalist status in the Emerging Writer Fellowship Competition, The Writer's Center, Maryland; the Joaquin Miller Cabin Reading Series, Washington, DC; the Autumn House Press Open Competition; The "Discovery"/The Nation Poetry Contest; the Poet Lore Narrative Poetry Competition; The Chester H. Jones Foundation National Poetry Competition; The Maryland Poetry Review Poetry Contest; and the fellowship competition, Summer Literary Seminars in Lithuania and Kenya, 2013. I teach Creative Writing at Stevenson University and University of Maryland University College. Finally, recently I won the Gabehart Prize in (Creative) Nonfiction for an excerpt from my manuscript, RUN SCREAM UNBURY SAVE; was named one of three finalists for the Tony Quagliano International Poetry Award; was awarded a Hoffer Legacy (Creative) Nonfiction Award for My CIA; was named a finalist for my manuscript of prose poetry, Muse Annie, for C&R’s Summer Chapbook Contest; and (incredibly good news) won the Autumn House Press Open Book Award in Creative Nonfiction for my literary memoir manuscript, RUN SCREAM UNBURY SAVE, which means they’ll publish it and it will be out February 1, 2017.

Publications and Prizes

(March Street Press, 2002)
, Living Room: A Year in the Life of a Writing Mother
(March Street Press, 2004)
, My CIA: A Memoir
(Telling Our Stories Press, 2012)
, Run Scream Unbury Save
(Autumn House Press, 2017)
American Poetry Review, Caketrain, Margie, Plath Profiles
Prizes Won: 
Maryland Individual Artist Awards (state grants) in 2011 and 2014, Baker Artist Award, Gabehart Prize in (Creative) Nonfiction, Autumn House Press Award in Creative Nonfiction

Reviews, Recordings, and Interviews

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Listed as: 
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
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Identifies as: 
Scotch-Irish American
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Born in: 
Monrovia, Liberia, Africa
Raised in: 
St. Joseph, MO
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Last updated: Jan 03, 2017