Kate Blakinger’s fiction has appeared in the Gettysburg Review, Harpur Palate, Iowa Review, and New Stories from the Midwest. She has an MFA from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan, where she was awarded the Meijer Postgraduate Fellowship. She has also received fellowships from the Elizabeth George Foundation, Jentel, the MacDowell Colony, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. In 2010, Blakinger was the Emerging Writer-in-Residence at Penn State Altoona. She is a Democratic committee person in Philadelphia, where she lives with her family.