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Katherine Gotthardt


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Write by the Rails

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Katherine Gotthardt
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Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt, M.Ed., writing concentration, hails from the Northern Virginia/D.C. metro area. Born in Billerica, Massachusetts and of Lebanese and Sicilian descent, she considers herself a writer by nature and by trade, having begun writing as soon as her mother helped teach her to read. A first-generation college graduate, she received her associates degree from Middlesex Community College, her bachelor's in English from University of Massachusetts Lowell and her master's in education with a writing concentration from Cambridge College. Her first published poem, "Remembering Thoreau," appeared in ELF: Eclectic Literary Forum in in the early 1990s. Since then, her work has appeared in publications such as Yankee, Frogpond, Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, Panapoly, North of Oxford, The Southern Quill and in dozens of other journals, anthologies, books and online media. Her poetry has been taught in secondary and post-secondary classrooms and workshops. As of 2023, she has had 12 books published and has received numerous awards and recognition for her work.

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Write by the Rails

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  • Craft
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  • Poetry

Poems, Novels, Plays, or other Works

Work 1 - Title
Poems from the Battlefield
Work 1 - Genre
(Fiction & Literature) Poetry
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Work 1 - Description
A collection of original Civil War themed poetry based on Katherine's exploration of the local battlefields and museums in Manassas and Prince William County, VA.
Work 2 - Title
Get Happier, Dammit
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Mixed, prose and poetry
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If you’re tired of just trudging through another day, if you’re looking for more from life than the daily grind, if you’re seeking ways to get out of that rut or helping someone else get out, you've come to the right place. Get Happier, Dammit provides a pathway to greater happiness by helping readers build inspiration and motivation, two elements that can lead to a more fulfilling life.
Work 3 - Title
Furbily-Furld Takes on the World
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(Children's Books) Ages 6-8
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Work 3 - Description
An illustrated, epic children's poem focused on themes such as responsible rural development, conservation, anger management and more, all wrapped into a surprisingly fun story.
Work 4 - Title
We All Might Be Witches
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(Fiction & Literature) Poetry
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Work 4 - Description
What if the world – and we – were more magical than we assumed? That is the premise of this chapbook of micropoems by award-winning poet and prolific writer Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt.
Work 5 - Title
Thirty Years of Cardinals Calling
Work 5 - Genre
(Fiction & Literature) Poetry
Work 5 - Description
The cardinal has long been a spiritual symbol, one of messages sent by divine power, and much lore surrounds this iconic, vibrant bird whose colors and voice evoke emotion, memories and meaning. Thirty Years of Cardinals Calling represents all the cardinal embodies, alongside Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt’s past thirty years of publishing poetry. These poems capture the author’s longing for something beautiful, lasting, transcendent through every stage of life. The pieces include those from journals, magazines and books, many of which have been recognized regionally and nationally.

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Additional Works
D.C. Ekphrastic: Crisis of Faith, a collection of poetry and photos; A Crane Named Steve, a children's epic poem; Weaker Than Water, a poetry collection; Bury Me Under a Lilac, a poetry collection; Late April, a poetry collection
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