Katherine Dykstra


I am a writer, editor and teacher. My essays have been published in or are forthcoming from The Washington Post, Crab Orchard Review, The Common, Shenandoah, Gulf Coast, Brain, Child, Poets and Writers, Real Simple and the Random House anthology 20 Something Essays by 20 Something Writers, among other places.

My work has been included in the "Notables" section of both the 2015 and 2016 Best American Essays collections edited by Ariel Levy and Jonathan Franzen, respectively. I was one of three finalists for the 2014 John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize. I won first place in the 2012 Waterman Fund Essay Contest and placed third in the 2013 Real Simple Life Lessons Essay Contest. I was recently named an "artist to watch" by Creative Capital for my work on the Paula Oberbroeckling story, the topic of my nonfiction book in-progress. I'm senior nonfiction editor at Guernica. I teach narrative nonfiction in NYU's continuing studies program and live in Brooklyn with my husband and son.