About

b. 1986, HK.

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Hi, I’m Kathryn. You’ll probably end up calling me Kate. I’m a New-York-based freelance writer covering culture. I’m particularly interested in literature, as well as the ever-eroding definitions of what we consider “high” and “low” art. Possum memes, surrealist food packaging, combat-themed book covers, Instagrams of contestants from The Bachelor, the Bible study in Elaine de Kooning’s studio. Completely normal, run-of-the-mill stuff like that.

When I’m not working on essays, criticism, or original reporting, I’m doing developmental editing, hands-on manuscript coaching, copy writing, or branded content. What can I say, New York is expensive.

I have a BA in Creative Writing from the Writer’s Institute at Susquehanna University. My second concentration was art history, but it was NOT my second major, mostly owing to a violent confrontation I had with the Chicago Manual of Style. Since that whole thing, I’ve edited lit mags, worked for a literary agent, interviewed some of my heroes, gotten very freaked out at press events, accepted free pizza that I did not write about, engaged in Twitter flame wars, humiliated myself on multiple podcasts, founded a writer’s collective, and even paid my rent more times than I didn’t. In my “spare” time, I got married, had two babies, and became a vegetarian. I only feel like a professional failure 88% of the time.

If you’re interested in hiring me for developmental editing, click here for testimonials and examples of my work. Hourly rates vary by project and are available upon request. I also welcome copy writing clients, especially nonprofits. I’d love to hear from you!