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), a magazine article on Abundance (The Homeworker Magazine) 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 am the recipient of a Dissertation Fellowship from UMass Amherst and 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, an educational blog project that aims to make self development and productivity resources accessible and applicable. To see a sample of my work, please read one of my popular blog posts or subscribe to my newsletter. To read about The Tending Year in Inside HigherEd’s GradHacker, visit this link.

Coaching & Consulting

In addition to my own research and writing, I am also a copyeditor, professional writing consultant, and productivity and creative coach. My past and current consulting clients include the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. To learn more about my coaching and read testimonials from clients, visit my Work With Me page.