Katherine Cottle

Assistant ProfessorCreative Writing

Katherine Cottle is Assistant Professor of Writing at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. She completed her doctorate, in English (Creative Writing Concentration) and American Literature (Minor), in 2015 at Morgan State University. Prior to her arrival at Goucher in 2013, she taught at Stevenson University, the University of Baltimore, and for Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth Program. At Goucher College, she teaches contemporary, creative, and business writing. Cottle’s research involves interdisciplinary connections, primary-source and artifact-driven frameworks, and non-linear bridges between genres, time periods, and mappings.  

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Research, Scholarship, Creative Work in Progress

Katherine Cottle is currently seeking a publisher for her latest creative manuscript, Baltimore Sideshow, which utilizes poetic forms and visuals to introduce new and established audiences to some of twentieth-century Baltimore’s most memorable figures. Baltimore Sideshow is her first collaborative full-length manuscript, illustrated by internationally published photographer and artists, Shannon Bishop. Cottle is also currently publishing chapters from her revised dissertation, “The Heart of Charm City: Remapping Baltimore through Intimate Letters,” which relies on preserved and unpreserved letters to showcase Baltimore’s heart as an historical venue for intimacy and connection via separated chambers. 

Publications

 Forthcoming


“Port of Entry: Secret Correspondence between Frederick Douglass and his fiancé, Anna Murray” in Social Justice and American Literature (Salem Press, 2017).

Creative Nonfiction


I Remain Yours: Secret Mission Love Letters of my Mormon Great-Grandparents, 1900-1903 (Apprentice House, Loyola University Maryland, 2014, 398 pp.)   

Halfway: A Journal through Pregnancy (AH, Loyola University MD, 2010, 236 pp.)  

Poetry (chapbook)


My Father’s Speech: Poems (AH, Loyola University Maryland, 2008, 60 pp.)

Additional Publications


Selected essays, fiction, and poetry included in the following publications: 


The Baltimore Sun, The Broome Review, The Chesapeake Reader, The Cimarron Review, Dos Passos Review, Eclipse, The English Journal, Free State Review, The Greensboro Review, In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare, Kalliope, Karamu, Little Patuxent Review, The Maryland Poetry Review, The Mochila Review, Mourning Sickness: Stories and Poems about Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss, Phi Kappa Phi Forum, The Pinch, Proposing on the Brooklyn Bridge: Poems about Marriage, Poetry East, The Poetry Gymnasium, Puerto del Sol, Ravishing DisUnities: Real Ghazals in English, Red Clay Review, The River Oak Review, Rockhurst Review, Silk Road, Tar River Poetry, Tipton Poetry Journal, Westerly, Willow Springs. 

Scholarly book chapters and peer reviewed journal articles


“Extended Family in Atinuke’s Anna Hibiscus Series,” Sankofa: A Journal of African Children’s and Young Adult Literature (MSU), 2013. 

“The Body as Prism: Trauma Captured and Reflected in Anita Desai’s Clear Light of Day,Muses India: Dis(-)covering Indian Writing in English (McFarland & Co.), 2013. 

Another Instance of Our Thoughts Clicking: Visionary Connection in Zora Neale Hurston’s Letters to Langston Hughes,” Critical Insights: Zora Neale Hurston (Salem Press), 2013. 

Words and Illustrations of Change: The Story of Wangari Maathai (co-written with Meena G. Khorana),” Sankofa: A Journal of African Children’s and Young Adult Literature (MSU), 2011

Scholarly book chapters and peer reviewed journal articles


“Extended Family in Atinuke’s Anna Hibiscus Series,” Sankofa: A Journal of African Children’s and Young Adult Literature (MSU), 2013. 

“The Body as Prism: Trauma Captured and Reflected in Anita Desai’s Clear Light of Day,Muses India: Dis(-)covering Indian Writing in English (McFarland & Co.), 2013. 

Another Instance of Our Thoughts Clicking: Visionary Connection in Zora Neale Hurston’s Letters to Langston Hughes,” Critical Insights: Zora Neale Hurston (Salem Press), 2013. 

Words and Illustrations of Change: The Story of Wangari Maathai (co-written with Meena G. Khorana),” Sankofa: A Journal of African Children’s and Young Adult Literature (MSU), 2011. 

Exhibits or Performances

Recent readings include the PCA/ACA Conference (Las Vegas, 2017), The Maryland Writer’s Association (Maryland, 2017), the Dublin Writers’ Conference (Dublin, 2017), The Ivy Bookshop (Baltimore, 2017), and the Art and Lit Series (Baltimore, 2017).  

External Awards, Honors, Grants

Crosby Grant Recipient (2017), Winner, Phi Kappa Phi Poetry Contest, publication in Phi Kappa Phi Forum (2015); New Voices Award, Adele Holden Creative Writing Contest, MSU (2014); Finalist, Yale Series of Younger Poets, Yale University Press (2012); Winner, Phi Kappa Phi Fall Poetry Contest, publication in Phi Kappa Phi Forum (2012); Winner, Creative Writing Graduate Award, MSU (2010); Second place, Ford-Turpin Creative Writing Content, MSU (2010); Winner, Phi Kappa Phi Spring Poetry Contest, publication in Phi Kappa Phi Forum (2010). 

Conference Papers & Panel Participation

Presenter, FWPCA/ACA Conference, Baltimore Sideshow, Las Vegas, Nevada (2017)

Presenter, IJAS Conference, A City's Hidden Desires: Mapping Intimacy through Letters, Munich, Germany (2016); CEA Conference, Women/Women Connections: Creating Identities: Mapping a City's Desires from the Outside-In: Intimate Baltimore Correspondence Between Eleanor Roosevelt and her Journalist, Lorena Hickok, Denver, CO (2016)

Presenter, MAPACA Conference, American Studies: “Orderly Chaos”: Mark Twain’s Baltimore Letters to Olivia Langdon Clemens, Philadelphia, PA (2015); Presenter, PCA/ACA National Conference, Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Popular Research: Love in the Time of Archives: Identifying, Retrieving, and Connecting Intimate Correspondence through American Archives, New Orleans, LA (2015)

Presenter, CEA Conference, American Studies: Contradiction in the Love Letters of H.L. Mencken and Sara Haardt, Baltimore, MD (2014)

Panel Chair/Presenter, MAPACA Conference, Disability Studies: Writing within Walls, F. Scott and Zelda’s Fitzgerald’s Correspondence in Baltimore, Atlantic Cit, NJ (2013)

Presenter, MAPACA Conference, Urban Studies: Not Just Writing on the Wall- Academic versus Non-Academic Graffiti in Baltimore, Philadelphia, PA (2011). 

Invited Talks

“Challenges of Creative Nonfiction” (Dublin Writers’ Conference, 2017) 

“Poetry Gymnasium” (Maryland Writers’ Association, 2017) 

Academic or Professional Associations

Present/Past Member


AWP Association Member, CEA Member, PCA/ACA Member, Phi Kappa Phi Member, Phi Beta Kappa Member, Golden Key Honour Society Member 

Other Professional or Scholarly Activity

Recruited to be a Contributing Scholar for the Viral Networks Proposal/Grant, an interdisciplinary project which links innovative humanity-based mappings (as demonstrated in my epistolary mappings in “The Heart of Charm City”) with medical history researchers. The project will take place in the fall of 2017 and the spring of 2018, with bi-monthly online benchmarks for producing papers and webpages, in addition to meeting for a full conference in February of 2018 at NIH (The National Institute of Health).