• B.A., Smith College, 2003
  • M.A., UT Austin, 2006
  • Ph.D., UT Austin, 2011
Areas of Interest

Katharine Beutner (she/her) is a novelist, essayist, and organizer. She taught from 2011-2013 as a visiting assistant professor at the College of Wooster, then moved to Honolulu for four years as an assistant professor of creative writing at UH Mānoa before returning to Wooster in 2017. Prof. Beutner studies environmental writing, queer and disability studies, eighteenth-century British literature, women’s writing, genre, and narrative structure. Her novel Alcestis won the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award from the Publishing Triangle. Her next novel, Killingly, is forthcoming from Soho Press and Corvus in the UK in June 2023. She lives in Cleveland with several dignified old lady animals.

Courses Taught
  •     FYS: Climate Change & Narrative; How to Do Nothing
  •     ENGL 120: Historical Fiction; Writing in the Age of Terror
  •     ENGL 160: Creative Nonfiction
  •     ENGL 161: Intro to Fiction & Poetry
  •     ENGL 165: Editing a Literary Magazine
  •     ENGL 210: Global Anglophone Literature; Class, Gender, & Criminality in 18th Century Literature
  •     ENGL 230: Procedurals
  •     ENGL 261: Writing the Novel
  •     ENGL 300: Writing a Warming World


  • Killingly. Soho Press & Corvus, June 2023.
  • “Mānoa Arcadia.” Tinfish 21, live January 1 2021. Finalist for the Center for Women Writers’ Penelope Niven Award in Creative Nonfiction: https://www.tinfishpress.org/beutner
  • “Delarivier Manley Understands the Ladies Better Than You: The Female Wits, Genre, and Feminocentric Satire.” New Perspectives on Delarivier Manley and Eighteenth Century Literature: Power, Sex, and Text. Ed. Aleksondra Hultquist and Elizabeth J. Mathews. Routledge: New York, 2017.
  • “The Moon Dog.” Non-Binary Review, “Bulfinch’s Mythology” issue, and republished in Mythmaking: Stories from the First Year of Non-Binary Review. Ed. Allie Batts and Lise Quintana. Santa Cruz: Zoetic Press, 2015.
  • “On Hild and the Joys of Situating.” The Toast. Review of Nicola Griffith’s Hild/essay on historical fiction, live February 19, 2014: http://the-toast.net/2014/02/19/the-joys-of-hild
  • “Some Little Lamb” (excerpt from Killingly). TriQuarterly 144 (Summer/Fall 2013). Live July 15 2013. http://www.triquarterly.org/issues/issue-144/some-little-lamb-excerpt-novel-killingly
  • Alcestis. Soho Press, 2010.
Professional Affiliations
  • Member, Hawaiʻinuiākea Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar on Race, Gender, and Culture, directed by Professor Charles Lawrence, 2013-2014
  • 2011 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, The Publishing Triangle
  • Finalist, 2011 Lesbian Debut Fiction Award, Lambda Literary Association
  • Finalist, 2011 Compton Crook Award, Baltimore Science Fiction Society
  • American Association of University Women American Dissertation Fellow,
  • Carolyn Lindley Cooley, Ph.D., PEO Scholar, 2010-2011