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 Best of Prince William award in the category of author.

While Katherine's first love is poetry, she also holds an interest in writing articles, columns and short fiction. Besides being published in dozens of journals and anthologies, she has authored 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.

Book Signings



Katherine Crop_Edits May 2020

Her Mission

In her "other" life, Katherine is a marketing writer for an IT company and CEO of ATW- All Things Writing. She works with local publications such as Brides & Weddings magazine, Potomac Local News and Manassas Patch and is Director of Content Marketing for Prince William Living. Previously, she wrote for Bristow Beat, News & Messenger, PW Business and the Quantico Sentry.

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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