About Katie the Poet

Official author photo by Bruno Minkley, 2013

Katie Hoerth, photo taken by Bruno Minkley

A transplant to Rio Grande Valley, Katherine Hoerth is a poet who writes, teaches, and edits in the borderlands. She finds inspiration in the diverse cultural, linguistic, and ecological landscape of southern Texas. Much of her work revisions cultural myths and narratives including: fairy tales, folktales, myths, and Biblical stories.

Katie Reading at the McAllen Creative Incubator at the Boundless Anthology Release Reception, April 2011, Photo by Ileana Garcia Spitz

Katherine's latest poetry manuscript, Goddess Wears Cowboy Boots, is forthcoming from Lamar University Press in September 2014. Her first full poetry collection, The Garden Uprooted, was released in summer 2012 by Slough Press. The book is available both at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Her chapbook titles include The Garden of Dresses (2012) and Among the Mariposas (2010), both published by Mouthfeel Press. In 2009, she received the Nuestra Voz Prize for border women poets for her chapbook manuscript, Among the Mariposa, which was subsequently published the following year.

Katie as the featured poet for the Coffee Talk Series, Sponsored by Art that Heals at Jitterz Coffee Shop in Mission, Texas, October 2011. Photo by Ileana Garcia Spitz

In fall 2012, Katherine joined the English faculty at the University of Texas Pan American as a full-time lecturer, where she has taught creative writing, literature, and freshmen composition courses. In addition to teaching, Katherine also serves as Poetry Editor for Amarillo Bay and Devilfish Review, and is a regular poetry book reviewer for Inside Higher Ed.

Katie and her cat, Techno. She is a firm believer that ever author needs a stereotypical portrait with their cat. Photo by Bruno Minkley, 2010.

Katie's work has been featured in: Texas Poetry Calendar, Adanna, Barnwood International Poetry Magazine, Victorian Violet Journal, Ellipis..., Ozone Park Journal, Conte: A Journal of Narrative Writing, Platte Valley Review, Breakwater Review, BorderSenses, Front Porch, Word Riot, Cold Mountain Review, Pleiades, Mezzo Cammin: A Journal of Formalist Poetry By Women, The Raintown Review, Boxcar, Kentucky Review, Free State Review, and more.

Photo by Ileana Garcia Spitz, 2011

Anthology publications:  Gulf Coast (Snake Nation Press, 2014) Juventud! (Valley Artistic Outreach, 2013) The Beatest State in the Union (UT Press, 2012), Along the River (VAO, 2012), and Boundless Anthology of the Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival (El Zarape Press, 2009-2012).

Author photo for Among the Mariposas, taken by Bruno Minkley
Awards and Recognition

Katie was the featured artists at BorderSenses Literary Journal in May, 2012. Her work has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She also received a scholarship to attend the 17th annual West Chester Poetry Conference, where she was selected by Dana Gioia to take part in a juried poetry workshop. She also received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Texas Pan American for her first chapbook, Among the Mariposas. The book was also awarded  the Nuestra Voz Prize for border women poets in 2009 by Mouthfeel Press.

Katherine at the BorderSenses table at AWP, 2012.

 Katie's poetic interests include revisionist mythmaking, new formalism, sensuality, narrative verse, regionalism, and women's issues.
Katherine signing copies of Among the Mariposas at Barnes and Noble in McAllen, Texas. Photo by Bruno Minkley, 2010
Katie is on FACEBOOK, TWITTER , and of course, blogspot. She can also be found on Eratosphere, where she regularly posts and critiques poems.

Katie at the Boundless Anthology Reception at the McAllen Creative Incubator, April 2012. Photo by Ileana Garcia Spitz

 Katherine resides just outside Edinburg, Texas with her love, Bruno, and their five wonderful cats. She is currently living happily ever after.
Katie at the Boundless Anthology Reception at the McAllen Creative Incubator, April 2012. Photo by Ileana Garcia Spitz

Fun fact: Katie is a vegetarian, though not the kind that insists your meat cannot touch her veggies. She is more of the flexible, cheesecake vegetarian variety.
Katie at Jitterz Coffee Talk Sponsored by Art that Heals, October 2011, photo by Ileana Garcia Spitz

Katherine is an active participant in her literary community. She can also be found at numerous readings throughout both the local Rio Grande Valley and the state. 
Katie at Jitterz Coffee Shop with the Valley International Poetry Festival, 2012. Photo by Rachel Vela
Katie Hoerth at Poetry, Pasta and Vino at Carinos in McAllen, March 2012. Photo by Ileana Garcia Spitz
Katie reading at Poetry Pasta and Vino at Carinos in McAllen, July 2011. Photo by Ileana Garcia Spitz

If you'd like to get in touch with me, you can email me at KatieAmarilloBay@gmail.com