Katherine Sharpe and family

Katherine Sharpe is a writer, editor, and teacher. She is the author of a nonfiction book, Coming of Age on Zoloft (Harper Perennial, 2012), and her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares and the Santa Monica Review. Her journalism and personal essays can be found in n+1, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Hopkins Review, Nature, The Rumpus, Lancet Psychiatry, Archaeology, Washington Post Magazine, GOOD, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, among other newspapers and magazines. She’s also written copy for companies and organizations that include Apple, the Patient-Centered Research Outcomes Institute (PCORI), and NYU Langone Medical Center.

Katherine attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where she studied English. She has a master’s degree in literature from Cornell University and an MFA in fiction from The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins. In the past, she worked in New York as an editor at two now-departed magazines: ReadyMade, a DIY shelter and lifestyle magazine; and Seed, where she was part of the small team that built and ran ScienceBlogs.com. She has designed and taught courses in composition, creative writing, and professional writing at Cornell, LIM College, UC Berkeley Extension, and Johns Hopkins. Long ago, she founded a literary magazine called 400 Words.

She lives with her partner and two children in Baltimore, Maryland, where she’s at work on a novel incorporating the journals of Queen Victoria.