I write fiction and nonfiction and teach creative writing and literature. I am an assistant professor of English at the College of Wooster in Ohio, where I also run the the online eco-writing literary journal The Dodge. Previously, I was an assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. I live in Cleveland, OH, with two dignified old lady cats and a perpetually concerned dog.
I have a M.A. in English/creative writing and a Ph.D. in English (specializing in eighteenth-century British literature) from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a B.A. in Classical Studies from Smith College. 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. My second novel, Killingly, a New England Gothic novel describing the aftermath of a student’s disappearance from Mt. Holyoke College in 1897, will be published by Soho Crime in Summer 2023.
I’m also working a novel about climate change protests and environmental justice. My writing has appeared in Tinfish, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Public Books, The Toast, Humanities, and other publications. 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, disability studies, queer studies, literary history and historiography, life writing, genre fiction, animal studies, and textual studies.
My pronouns are she/her/hers.
The easiest way to contact me: katharinebeutner at gmail dot com.
My agent: Elisabeth Weed at The Book Group.