Hi, I’m Kate !

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.



I am currently writing both my dissertation and a biography on the writer and musician Lisa Ben. Using queer and feminist methods, I analyze the ways that Ben rhetorically reeducated her readers and audiences about lesbianism during the mid-20th Century. I was recently one of nine applicants awarded a 2018 LGBTQ Research Fellowship, courtesy of the ONE Archives Foundation, Inc.


The Tending Year

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. I recently created and released a print version of my blog post, “To Hold in The Hand: A Guide to Maintaining.”

Coaching & Consulting

In addition to my own research and writing, I am a trained copyeditor and work as a professional writing consultant. My past and current clients include: the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.