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Katie Hartsock grew up around Youngstown, Ohio, where Mill Creek Park remains one of her favorite places in the world. Her debut poetry collection, Bed of Impatiens (2016), was a finalist for the Able Muse Book Award. Her second book of poems, Wolf Trees, is forthcoming in 2023 from Able Muse Press. She is an associate professor of English at Oakland University, where she teaches creative writing, English literature, and classical mythology. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her husband and their two young sons. She is currently a visiting professor of poetry in the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan.

Her work has recently appeared in journals such as Kenyon Review, Ecotone, The Threepenny Review, POETRY, 32 Poems, Thrush, The New Criterion, The Greensboro Review, Image, Arion, Pleiades, Birmingham Poetry Review, and Nimrod, and is forthcoming in Iron Horse Literary Review, The Raintown Review, and Plume.  Other work has been included in The Wallace Stevens Journal and in the anthology Down to the Dark River: Poems about the Mississippi River (Louisiana Literature Press). Her current projects include Songs of the Iliad, a hybrid text combining translation with vignettes of the epic’s ancient audiences and creative commentary.  Selections of her translations of Homer appeared in Exchanges: Journal of Literary Translation.

She holds a PhD in Comparative Literary Studies from Northwestern University. Her dissertation was entitled, “The Past Like Never Before: Classical Women in Revisionary Poetry from Euripides and Ovid to H.D., Rita Dove, and Carol Ann Duffy.”  She received a MFA from the University of Michigan, where she received the major Hopwood graduate award in poetry, and a BA in English Literature with a minor in Classics from the University of Cincinnati. She served as the editor of #WordsForResilience, a community literary project addressing the Covid-19 pandemic from Oakland University’s Center for Public Humanities.

She can be contacted at hartsock [at] oakland dot edu


“Hartsock’s book has very little to do with a literal bed of flowers, but rather more to do with lying down in a bed of various desires that requires or inspires a restless (and lyrically fruitful) impatience” : a review of Bed of Impatiens at ~

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