Katherine Gotthardt

Writer. Author. Poet.


Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt, M.Ed., seeks to elevate the status of writers while promoting writing as an art. From her D.C. metro home, she pens poems, articles, flash fiction and books published independently and traditionally. Read more about this prolific author and her work.

Katherine Crop_Edits May 2020


Weaker Than Water

An eclectic collection of original poetry inspired by Katherine's experiences teaching in the Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center and musings on various religious traditions.

A Crane Named Steve

An illustrated, epic children's poem featuring a young child who is told the family needs to move and who finds comfort from an unusual friend - a crane who holds a real-life backstory. Proceeds benefit charities in the greater Prince William, Virginia area.

Furbily-Furld Takes on the World

An illustrated, epic children's poem focused on themes such as responsible rural development, conservation, anger management and more, all wrapped into a surprisingly fun story.

Jennifer El-Shewihy

A Crane Named Steve

Such a cute story with an equally wonderful backstory...(found at the back of the book). Not only did Steve the Crane give joy through rough traffic and accidents on a daily basis, for a short amount of time, but it's a terrific story for kids whose family talks about moving (Steve moves a lot too).

Author Nancy Wyatt

Late April

Whether it’s about technology, health, loss of a mother, nature’s seasons, or aging, Katherine has a unique way of expressing the joy, complexity, irony, grief, and humor of living life in the modern age. Her work is sprinkled with literary, historical, and religious references, giving depth and texture to her creative imagery. She can sting and soothe with equal facility and usually has a surprise in store for her avid readers. A must read.

June Forte

Bury Me Under a Lilac

Katherine has an incredible ability to harness and expose the emotions that all of us might be too afraid to share. She's soon going to be everyone's next favorite poet. -Author, Creative Writing Department Chair, Garrett Carlson

Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt’s poetry is always rich in word, imagery and emotional awakening. This book is one to savor.

The Latest

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A Crane Named Steve has been released as a coloring book! In other news, Get Happy, Dammit, a handbook for creating inspiration and motivation, is slated to be released by Local Gems Press this year. Stay tuned for details!


Latest Projects

Forthcoming Book: Get Happy, Dammit

Chapbook in progress: DC Ekphrastic

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