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Katie Condon

PhD student, Graduate Teaching Associate


Katie Condon holds and MFA in creative writing (poetry) from the University of Houston, and will graduate with her PhD (creative dissertation) from UTK in May 2019. Her creative work has received support from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and her critical work was honored with the John C. Hodges Award for Excellence in Scholarship in August 2019. Her poetry has appeared most recently in The New Yorker.


  • Creative Writing: Poetry
  • 20th Century American Literature
  • History of English and American Poetry


  • M.F.A. Creative Writing: Poetry, University of Houston, 2015
  • B.A. Secondary Education & English, magna cum laude Elms College, Chicopee, MA, 2012


Selected Publications, Poetry

  • “Origin,” The New Yorker, September 3, 2018
  • “When I am Told to Buck Up to Fight the Good Fight to Pull Up My Boot Straps & Build Bridges But I am Not Ready But I Know Damn Well I Should Be Ready So I Try:” Prairie Schooner, Winter 2017
  • “On the seventh day God says, What you’ve got is virgin charm & a knife in your pocket.” BOAAT JOURNAL, Fall 2017
  • “Praying Naked,” “Getting Through Monday,” “To the Woman Who Accused Me of Not Being a Feminist, I’m Sorry,” Narrative Magazine, Spring 2017
  • “Argument for Loving from a Distance” Four Way Review, Fall 2016
  • “For the Christening of a Ship” Adroit Journal, Fall 2016
  • “Putting on My Body,” and “The Real Self is Very Scary,” Nashville Review Summer 2016
  • “At the #1 Fried Chicken & Seafood,” Ruminate, Summer 2016
  • "Driving, 4AM," Indiana Review, Summer 2016
  • "Timestamps" New Ohio Review, Spring 2016
  • Pamela Asks the Right Questions," "on Nudity," Halleluha for 50ft Women, Bloodaxe Books, April 2015

Publications, Prose

  • “The Sort of Bliss I Strive For: An Interview with Dorothea Lasky” Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts, issue 11, spring 2018
  • “Poems are the Mirror That Reminds Us of What We Have Privately Neglected: An Interview with Tony Hoagland” Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts, issue 10, spring 2017
  • "Crossing Out of Eden: A Review of Rigoberto Gonzalez's Unpeopled EdenGulf Coast 26.2, Summer/Fall 2014

Professional Service

  • Graduate Teaching Associate, University of Tennessee, 2015-2019
  • Graduate Students of English, PhD Representative, University of Tennessee, Fall 2016-2018
  • Graduate Students of English, Social Chair, University of Tennessee, Spring 2015 – Fall 2016
  • Founder and Co-director of UTK/Vanderbilt Creative Writing Swap: an Annual Reading Series, University of Tennessee, 2015 – present
  • Found and Co-director of The Only-Tenn-I-See Reading Series, Spring 2016 – present

Awards, Honors & Grants

  • John C. Hodges Awardfor Excellence in Scholarship, “Combining New York School and

Confessional Modes: Eileen Myles’s Hybrid Poetics,” University of Tennessee, Fall 2018

  • Pushcart Prize Special Mention, “Praying Naked,” 2018
  • Brittingham & Pollak Poetry Prize for a First Book, Finalist, University of Wisconsin Press, 2017
  • Pamet River First Book Prize, Finalist, YesYes Books, 2017
  • Pushcart Nomination, “Argument for Loving From a Distance” Four Way Review, 2016
  • Bain and Irene Stewart Fellowship, University of Tennessee, 2016-17
  • John C. Hodges Graduate Writing Awards, 2nd Prize in Poetry, University of Tennessee, 2016
  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Workshop Work-Study Scholar, 2014
  • Inprint Brown Foundation Fellowship, 2012

Contact Information

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