About Kate Litterer

scholar | poet | blogger | consultant

I hold an MFA degree in poetry, an MA degree in Rhetoric and Composition, and I am currently pursuing a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Massachusetts.

I post weekly on my blog, The Tending Year, which aims to make self development and productivity accessible and applicable.

My publications include a book of poetry (Ghosty Boo, A-Minor Press, 2015), a peer reviewed academic article (Journal of Lesbian Studies, 2017), and many poems in print and online.



My dissertation focuses on the work of Lisa Ben, a writer and musician who wrote the first lesbian magazine in the U.S. from 1947-1948. Using queer and feminist methods, I analyze the ways that Ben rhetorically reeducated her readers and audiences about lesbianism via science fiction, Vice Versa, and song parodies during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. I was recently one of nine applicants awarded a 2018 LGBTQ Research Fellowship, courtesy of the ONE Archives Foundation, Inc


I am the creator and author of The Tending Year, a year-long blog project that aims to make self development and productivity resources accessible and applicable. Previous topics include:


My writing consultant clients include the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and at the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.