Katherine Gotthart's Work, History and Mission

Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt, M.Ed., writing concentration, hails from the Northern Virginia/D.C. metro area. 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.

Katherine 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. Her poetry and prose book Get Happy, Dammit: Staying Inspired and Motivated in an Often-Unhappy World received a Silver Award from the Nonfiction Authors Association. Katherine's children’s book, A Crane Named Steve, hit number one in its category on Amazon in 2019. Katherine then took first place in the free verse category of Loudoun County Library Foundation’s 2020 Rhyme On poetry contest for her piece "Discussion Topic." The Prince William Arts Council and Poet Laureate Circle awarded her the 2020 Outstanding Poetry Project Award for her leadership in Write by the Rails' Poems Around Town poetry installation. In 2021 Katherine earned second place for "Aftermath" in a Poetry Society of Virginia national contest and the regional Seefeldt Award for Arts Excellence in the category of Individual Artist. She won first place in the Virginia Writers Club statewide Golden Nib contest in the poetry category for her poem "Kayak." Katherine was recognized as a PW Perspective 2021 DMV Best Business award winner in the category of author.

While Katherine is well-known for her poetry, she also has established a solid reputation for 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 ten books: Poems from the Battlefield, Furbily-Furld Takes on the World, Approaching Felonias Park, Weaker Than Water, Bury Me Under a Lilac, Late April, A Crane Named Steve, and Get Happy, Dammit. D.C. Ekphrastic: Crisis of Faith was released in December 2020. Thirty Years of Cardinals Calling was published by San Francisco Bay Press in 2022.

Community Giving

An avid volunteer and believer in giving back, Katherine uses proceeds from her book sales to support community initiatives. Individuals, businesses and organizations are encouraged to help by sponsoring book printing and shipping, purchase of art supplies and necessities, and other gifts donated to local disadvantaged youth and at-risk adults. For a list of beneficiaries, click here.


Besides supporting writers, Katherine provides no-cost workshops, readings and presentations to schools, non-profits and charitable organizations.


A synopsis of Katherine's professional writing career.




Book Signings

Katherine Headshot 2021

Life and Mission

In her "other" life, Katherine is a full-time writer for a government contractor. She is also 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 elevate the practice of writing, offering writers of all levels 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."

Well aware of the impact poverty and inequity have on individuals and the community, Katherine uses sales from her books to supply food, clothing, health and wellness products, educational tools and other gifts designed to raise quality of life for the disadvantaged. All donations are made directly to non-profits or through advocates working within the community. Katherine encourages all to take part in donating and volunteering.

When she is not writing or volunteering, Katherine spends time enjoying nature and relaxing with her husband, rescue animals and adult children.

Katherine's full profile can be found on LinkedIn.

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