Welcome to KateHopper.com
I’m a writer, teacher, editor, and mother (and wife and daughter and sister and friend…the list goes on and on). Primarily, I write about motherhood: the dark side, the humorous side, the places where these two intersect. I love finding good writing that combats the myths of motherhood still perpetuated in our society and speaks honestly about what it’s really like to be a mother.
I have an MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota, where I taught literature and creative writing. I currently teach a variety of classes at The Loft Literary Centerin Minneapolis, including Motherhood & Words®, a class for women interested in writing about motherhood. I also teach an online version of Motherhood & Words®. Visit my teaching page to learn more about my upcoming classes.
My writing has appeared in Brevity, Literary Mama, mamazine, Minnesota Parent, MotherVerse, Preemie Magazine, nytimes.com, and the Minneapolis StarTribune. My first book, Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers, has just been published by Viva Editions. My memoir, Ready for Air: A Journey Through Premature Motherhood, will be published by University of Minnesota Press (Fall 2013).
I’ve been the recipient of a Fulbright Grant, a Gesell Summer Fellowship at the Anderson Center in Red Wing, Minnesota, a University of Minnesota English Department Outstanding Teacher Award for Graduate Assistants, a 2008 MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, and a 2011 Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant. I’m co-editor for Literary Reflections at Literary Mama.
Welcome to my website! I hope you will find something of interest here. Please also visit my blog for an on-going discussion about reading, writing and motherhood.