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About

Official Bio

Katherine Factor is an author, poet, and editor. Her debut poetry book, A Sybil Society (University of Nevada Press), is the 2020 winner of the Test Site Poetry Series Book Contest. Her interactive, mid-grade Choose Your Own Adventure novels include Spies: Mata Hari, Spies: Harry Houdini, and Spies: Spy for Cleopatra.

Her poems and prose can be found online and in print at TYPO, Wave Conjunctions, Interim, femaleandfungi.com, Rescue Press, TIGHT, Wesleyan Books, Quarterly West, Poets for Living Waters, Occupy Poetry, DIAGRAM, the Colorado Review, and at Coldfront’s Poets off Poetry. My audio work lives at Soundcloud, WFMU’s, textsound, and The Conversant.

Katherine earned her MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa and has held positions as the Poet-in-Residence at Idyllwild Arts Academy, Interlochen Arts Academy, and as assistant editor of inter|rupture. She has taught at the University of Iowa, Concordia University, Interlochen, and Idyllwild Arts academies, as well as for summer programs at Northwestern’s Center for Talent Development.

Awards & Grants

Interim’s TEST SITE Poetry Prize Winner

PANK First Book Award Semi-Finalist

Cleveland State University First Book Poetry Award Semi-Finalist

Madeline Plonsker Lake Forest Emerging Writers’ Award

Beyond Baroque Poetry Prize

Iowa Arts Council Grant

Grinnell College Presidential Grant

Arts Enterprise Laboratory for Publishing Young Writers

Residencies

Idyllwild Arts Academy - Poet-in-Residence

Interlochen Arts Academy - Poet-in-Residence

Vermont Studio Center

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