Katherine Gotthardt


Prince William County, VA
Virginia US

Author's Bio

Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt, M.Ed., writing concentration, hails from the Northern Virginia/D.C. metro area. Born in Billerica, Massachusetts and of Lebanese and Sicilian descent, she considers herself a writer by nature and by trade, having begun writing as soon as her mother helped teach her to read. A first-generation college graduate, she received her associates degree from Middlesex Community College, her bachelor's in English from University of Massachusetts Lowell and her master's in education with a writing concentration from Cambridge College. Her first published poem, "Remembering Thoreau," appeared in ELF: Eclectic Literary Forum in in the early 1990s. Since then, her work has appeared in publications such as Yankee, Frogpond, Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, Panapoly, North of Oxford, The Southern Quill and in dozens of other journals, anthologies, books and online media. Her poetry has been taught in secondary and post-secondary classrooms and workshops. As of 2023, she has had 12 books published and has received numerous awards and recognition for her work.

Publications & Prizes

Thirty Years of Cardinals Calling (San Francisco Bay Press, 2022)
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Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal
Haiku Canada
Miracle Monocle
Northern Virginia Review
Portrait of New England
Yankee Magazine
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2019-2020 - Katherine Gotthardt has been a Prince William County, Virginia Poet Laureate nominee and was the winner of Inside NoVa’s 2019 and 2020 Best of Prince William award in the category of author. Her poetry and prose book Get Happy, Dammit: Staying Inspired and Motivated in an Often-Unhappy World received a Silver Award from the Nonfiction Authors Association. Gotthardt's children’s book, A Crane Named Steve, hit number one in its category on Amazon in 2019. She then took first place in the free verse category of Loudoun County Library Foundation’s 2020 Rhyme On poetry contest for her piece "Discussion Topic." The Prince William Arts Council and Poet Laureate Circle awarded her the 2020 Outstanding Poetry Project Award for her leadership in Write by the Rails' Poems Around Town poetry installation.

2021 - Gotthardt earned second place for "Aftermath" in a Poetry Society of Virginia national contest and the regional Seefeldt Award for Arts Excellence in the category of Individual Artist. She won first place in the Virginia Writers Club statewide Golden Nib contest in the poetry category for her poem "Kayak." Gotthardt was recognized as a PW Perspective 2021 DMV Best Business award winner in the category of author.

2023 - In April, Katherine's poem “Now Entering Manassas” was the winner of Manassas, Virginia's adult “time capsule” poetry contest. Gotthardt read her poem at the 150th anniversary celebration, the translated version by Jorge de Villasante was read in Spanish by Bianca Menendez, her poem was published in Neighbors of Historic Manassas magazine, and it was included in the city’s time capsule. In November, her poem "Firefly" won Honorable Mention in the 2023 international poetry competition sponsored by Valiant Scribe.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Henry David Thoreau Langston Hughes Mary Oliver Gabriel García Márquez The Buddha

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Arlington, MA
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Billerica, MA
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Last update: Oct 10, 2023