Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt, M.Ed., writing concentration, hails from Northern Virginia. She considers herself a writer by nature and by trade, having begun writing for fun as soon as her mother helped teach her to read.

An active part of the literary community, Katherine is current president and a founding member of Write by the Rails (WbtR), the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club. She has been a Prince William County Poet Laureate nominee and was the winner of Inside Nova’s 2019 and 2020 Best of Prince William award in the category of author. She was the first-place winner in Loudoun County Library’s 2020 Rhyme On poetry contest in the free verse category.

While Katherine's first love is poetry, she also holds an interest in writing articles, columns and short fiction. She is a full-time marketing writer for a government contracting company and is published in dozens of journals and anthologies. She has authored eight books: Poems from the Battlefield, Furbily-Furld Takes on the World, Approaching Felonias Park, Weaker Than Water, Bury Me Under a Lilac, Late April and A Crane Named Steve. Her eighth book, Get Happy, Dammit, was released in June 2020 by Local Gems Press.

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Katherine Crop_Edits May 2020

Her Mission

In her "other" life, Katherine is CEO of ATW- All Things Writing. As a freelancer, she works with local and regional publications and is a writer for Prince William Living magazine. Previously, she wrote for news media outlets Bristow Beat, Potomac Local, News & Messenger, PW Business and the Quantico Sentry. Prior to writing full-time, Katherine was an adult educator serving traditional, non-traditional and incarcerated students.

Katherine aims to use her professional background to support non-profits and to elevate the practice of writing, offering writers a space where they will be recognized as laborers honoring a timeless craft. "Writing is hard work," she says. "I want that work to be valued."

Katherine's full profile can be found on LinkedIn.

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