Hi, wgss students!


I’m your writing tutor, kate, and I’m glad you’re here.

This page tells you a little about me.

about kate



I earned my BA in English and Creative Writing with a Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009. I have been at UMass Amherst since 2010, earning both an MFA degree in poetry (2013) and an MA degree in Rhetoric and Composition (2015). I am currently pursuing a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies via WGSS at UMass Amherst. 



I worked as a writing tutor at both theUniversity of Pittsburgh Writing Center and the UMass Amherst Writing Center. My teaching experience at UMass Amherst includes Basic WritingCollege Writing, and Junior Year Writing (for WGSS majors). My writing consultant clients include the UMass Amherst Office of Academic Planning and Assessment and the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. 



My dissertation focuses on the work of Lisa Ben, a writer and musician who wrote the first lesbian magazine in the U.S. from 1947-1948. Using queer and feminist methods, I analyze the ways that Ben rhetorically reeducated her readers and audiences about lesbianism via science fiction, Vice Versa, and song parodies during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. I was recently one of nine applicants awarded a 2018 LGBTQ Research Fellowship, courtesy of the ONE Archives Foundation, Inc. The photo of me above is from my recent visit to the archive.


Writing & Publications

In addition to my scholarly research and writing, I run a blog called 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. 

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