Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt, M.Ed., writing concentration, hails from Northern Virginia. She considers herself a writer by nature and by trade, having begun writing for fun as soon as her mother helped teach her to read. An active part of the literary community, Katherine is current president and a founding member of Write by the Rails (WbtR), the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club. She has been a Prince William County Poet Laureate nominee and was the winner of Inside Nova’s 2019 and 2020 Best of Prince William award in the category of author. Her children’s book, A Crane Named Steve, hit number one in its category in 2019. Katherine took first place in the free verse category of Loudoun County Library Foundation’s 2020 Rhyme On poetry contest. The Prince William Arts Council and Poet Laureate Circle awarded her the 2020 Outstanding Poetry Project award for her participation in Write by the Rails' Poems Around Town poetry installation.
While Katherine is well-known for her poetry, she also has established a solid reputation for writing articles, columns and short fiction. She is a full-time marketing writer for a government contracting company and is published in dozens of journals and anthologies. She has authored eight books: Poems from the Battlefield, Furbily-Furld Takes on the World, Approaching Felonias Park, Weaker Than Water, Bury Me Under a Lilac, Late April and an Amazon best seller, A Crane Named Steve. Get Happy, Dammit was released in June 2020.
In her "other" life, Katherine is CEO of ATW- All Things Writing. As a freelancer, she works with local and regional publications and is a writer for Prince William Living magazine. Previously, she wrote for news media outlets Bristow Beat, Potomac Local, News & Messenger, PW Business and the Quantico Sentry. Prior to writing full-time, Katherine was an adult educator serving traditional, non-traditional and incarcerated students.
Katherine aims to use her professional background to support non-profits and to elevate the practice of writing, offering writers a space where they will be recognized as laborers honoring a timeless craft. "Writing is hard work," she says. "I want that work to be valued."
Katherine's full profile can be found on LinkedIn.