Kate Blakinger’s fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Harpur Palate, The Iowa Review, and New Stories from the Midwest. She holds 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, MacDowell, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. In 2010, she was the emerging writer-in-residence at Penn State Altoona. More recently, Blakinger was elected to local office as a Democratic committee person. She lives in Philadelphia with her family.