I write fiction and nonfiction and teach creative writing and literature. I am currently on leave from a position as an assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. (See my official faculty page.) Previously, I taught at the College of Wooster in Ohio as a visiting assistant professor; in Fall 2017, I’m returning to Wooster as a VAP. I live in Cleveland, OH, with my partner and two dignified old lady cats.
I have a M.A. in fiction writing and a Ph.D. in English (specializing in eighteenth-century British literature) from the University of Texas at Austin. My dissertation research was supported by an AAUW American Dissertation Fellowship and a PEO Scholar Award.
My novel Alcestis, a retelling of the Greek myth, was published by Soho Press in February 2010. Alcestis won the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award from the Publishing Triangle in 2011 and was also a finalist for the Lesbian Debut Fiction Award from the Lambda Literary Association and the BSFS Compton Crook Award in the same year.
An excerpt from my next novel, Killingly, appeared in TriQuarterly’s June 2013 issue. My writing has also appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Public Books, The Toast, Humanities, the Manifest-Station, and other publications.
My next novel will focus on climate change protests and environmental justice. I’m also an organizer and volunteer, involved in work for environmental and social justice and animal rescue.
My academic research has focused primarily on the writing lives of a group of early eighteenth-century women writers, and my academic interests include environmental writing, literary history and historiography, life writing, genre fiction, animal studies, and textual studies.
The easiest way to contact me: katharinebeutner at gmail dot com.