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.



I am currently writing both my PhD 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 via science fiction, Vice Versa (the first lesbian magazine in the U.S.), and song parodies 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.


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.”


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.