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, was published by Able Muse Press. She is an assistant professor of English at Oakland University, where she teaches creative writing, English and world literature, and classical mythology. She lives in Ferndale, Michigan, with her husband and their infant son.
She is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Hotels, Motels, and Extended Stays, published by Toadlily Press in their 2014 Quartet Series, and Veritas Caput (Passim Editions, 2015). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Arion, Beloit Poetry Journal, Birmingham Poetry Review, Crab Orchard Review, DIAGRAM, Hanging Loose, H_NGM_N, Fifth Wednesday, Jet Fuel Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Matter Journal, Massachusetts Review, Measure, Michigan Quarterly Review, Midwestern Gothic, Passages North, RHINO, Southern Indiana Review, Southwest Review, The Wallace Stevens Journal, and Yalobusha Review; and in the anthology Down to the Dark River: Poems about the Mississippi River (Louisiana Literature Press, 2015). Earlier versions of her full-length manuscript were finalists for the Yale Series of Younger Poets and the New Criterion Poetry Prize.
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.