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Katie Schmid

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer

2024 Fellow


Katie Schmid (she/her) is a poet, fiction writer, and creative nonfiction writer. Schmid was born in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, and grew up there and in Evanston and Skokie, Illinois.

In her writing, she explores female embodiment, motherhood, the effects of incarceration, and how the influences of capitalism and carceral justice affect the bodies and minds of the people living in the United States. She also writes about desire, queerness, and divinity as places of respite from dominant cultural narratives.

Schmid is the author of the book Nowhere (University of New Mexico Press, 2021), which Poetry magazine has praised for “transform[ing] the seasonal perils of girlhood, demonstrating compassion for that which both disgusts and enthralls.” Schmid’s writing has been published in the Nation, 32 Poems, and The Gay & Lesbian Review, among other places.

She is a 2023 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Poetry. Schmid currently works as an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.