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.

Katherine Crop_Edits May 2020


Get Happy, Dammit

NEW!  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.

Furbily-Furld Takes on the World

An illustrated, epic children's poem focused on themes such as responsible rural development, conservation, anger management and more, all wrapped into a surprisingly fun story.

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 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.

June Forte

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. -Author, Creative Writing Department Chair, Garrett Carlson

Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt’s poetry is always rich in word, imagery and emotional awakening. This book is one to savor.

The Latest

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A Crane Named Steve has been released as a coloring book! In other news, Get Happy, Dammit, a handbook for creating inspiration and motivation, has been released by Local Gems Press. Proceeds from both books support non-profits and community support initiatives.


Latest Projects

Newly Released: Get Happy, Dammit

Chapbook in progress: DC Ekphrastic

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