Katherine M. Gotthardt

Award-Winning Author and Poet


Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt, M.Ed., seeks to support community non-profits and elevate the status of writers while promoting writing as an art. From her D.C. metro home, she pens poems, articles, flash fiction and books published independently and traditionally. Read more about this prolific author and her work.

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D.C. Ekphrastic: Crisis of Faith

This collection of poetry and photography may leave the reader with more questions than answers, uncovering the kind of uncertainty that necessitates further exploration. But if it is the artist’s job to encourage people to think beyond themselves, Gotthardt and Meurlin have succeeded.

Get Happy, Dammit

AWARD WINNER!  A handbook for creating greater happiness by building inspiration and motivation. Each short chapter includes an essay, exercises and poetry designed for creatives, caregivers and anyone who wants to increase quality of life.

A Crane Named Steve

AMAZON BEST SELLER! An illustrated, epic children's poem featuring a young child who is told the family needs to move and who finds comfort from an unusual friend - a crane who holds a real-life backstory. Proceeds benefit charities in the greater Prince William, Virginia area.

Beat Poet Laureate, Publisher James P. Wagner

D.C. Ekphrastic: Crisis of Faith

Katherine Gotthardt is a poet worth reading – powerful, humorous, contemplative, impactful.

United Nations Award Winning Poet Brian Donnel James

D.C. Ekphrastic: Crisis of Faith

Katherine Gotthardt’s literary art can best be described as heart moving, lovely…it is both warm and friendly. She instantly connects to the soul and leaves you inspired.

Author Nancy Wyatt

Late April

Whether it’s about technology, health, loss of a mother, nature’s seasons, or aging, Katherine has a unique way of expressing the joy, complexity, irony, grief, and humor of living life in the modern age. Her work is sprinkled with literary, historical, and religious references, giving depth and texture to her creative imagery. She can sting and soothe with equal facility and usually has a surprise in store for her avid readers. A must read.

Reviewer Jennifer El-Shewihy

A Crane Named Steve

Such a cute story with an equally wonderful backstory...(found at the back of the book). Not only did Steve the Crane give joy through rough traffic and accidents on a daily basis, for a short amount of time, but it's a terrific story for kids whose family talks about moving (Steve moves a lot too).

Author, Educator Garrett Carlson

Bury Me Under a Lilac

Katherine has an incredible ability to harness and expose the emotions that all of us might be too afraid to share. She's soon going to be everyone's next favorite poet.

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Katherine Gotthardt has been awarded the 2021 Seefeldt Award for Arts Excellence - Outstanding Individual Artist

Get Happy, Dammit: Staying Inspired and Motivated in an Often-Unhappy World has won a Silver Award from the Nonfiction Authors Association.

"Aftermath" has placed second in a Poetry Society of Virginia's nationwide contest.


Projects and Events

September 12, 2021: Visit Katherine at Arts Alive at the Write by the Rails table

October 16, 2021: Visit Katherine at the Eat Local, Read Local festival at Cascades Library

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