Katie Vagnino is a poet, educator, and freelance writer originally from St. Louis, Missouri. She graduated in 2003 with a degree in English from Yale, where she had the opportunity to study with poet and Yale Review editor J.D. McClatchy. In 2008, Katie moved to Boston to get her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Emerson College. Her thesis, a poetry manuscript entitled The Speed of Skin, was a nominee for the Dean’s Prize and earned a commendation from the Academy of American Poets.
Since 2010, Katie has taught creative writing, composition, research writing, and rhetoric at various higher education institutions including Emerson College, Truman City College, and Roosevelt University. She has also led poetry workshops at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and the Newberry Library. Currently she is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire. As a freelancer, Katie has contributed articles to Time Out New York, Time Out Boston, Time Out Chicago, New York Magazine, Role Reboot, and the Smithsonian. Her poetry has appeared in a number of print and online publications including Measure, The Raintown Review, and Poetry Quarterly. She hopes to publish her first book of poems in the near future.