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Life and Mission

Well aware of the impact poverty and inequity have on individuals and the community, Katherine uses sales from her books to supply food, clothing, health and wellness products, educational tools and other gifts designed to raise quality of life for the disadvantaged. All donations are made directly to non-profits or through advocates working within the community. Katherine encourages all to take part in donating and volunteering.

Community Giving

An avid volunteer and believer in giving back, Katherine uses proceeds from her book sales to support community initiatives. Individuals, businesses and organizations are encouraged to help by sponsoring book printing and shipping, purchase of art supplies and necessities, and other gifts donated to local disadvantaged youth and at-risk adults. For a list of beneficiaries, click here.


Besides supporting writers, Katherine provides no-cost workshops, readings and presentations to schools, non-profits and charitable organizations.


A synopsis of Katherine's professional writing career.


Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt, M.Ed., writing concentration, hails from the Northern Virginia/D.C. metro area.

Raised in Billerica, Massachusetts, she considers herself a writer by nature and by trade, having begun writing as soon as her mother helped teach her to read. Her first published poem, "Remembering Thoreau," appeared in ELF: Eclectic Literary Forum in in the early 1990s.

Since then, her work has been appeared in publications such as Yankee, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Frogpond, The Southern Quill, Portrait of New England and dozens of other journals, anthologies, books and online media. Her poetry has been taught in secondary and post-secondary classrooms and workshops.

Awards and Recognition

Katherine has been a Prince William County Poet Laureate nominee and was the winner of Inside NoVa’s 2019 and 2020 Best of Prince William award in the category of author. Her poetry and prose book Get Happy, Dammit: Staying Inspired and Motivated in an Often-Unhappy World received a Silver Award from the Nonfiction Authors Association. Katherine's children’s book, A Crane Named Steve, hit number one in its category on Amazon in 2019. Katherine then took first place in the free verse category of Loudoun County Library Foundation’s 2020 Rhyme On poetry contest for her piece "Discussion Topic." The Prince William Arts Council and Poet Laureate Circle awarded her the 2020 Outstanding Poetry Project Award for her leadership in Write by the Rails' Poems Around Town poetry installation. In 2021 Katherine earned second place for "Aftermath" in a Poetry Society of Virginia national contest and the regional Seefeldt Award for Arts Excellence in the category of Individual Artist. She won first place in the Virginia Writers Club statewide Golden Nib contest in the poetry category for her poem "Kayak." Katherine was recognized as a PW Perspective 2021 DMV Best Business award winner in the category of author.

In April 2023, Katherine’s poem “Now Entering Manassas” was the winner of Manassas, Virginia's adult “time capsule” poetry contest. Katherine read her poem at the 150th anniversary celebration, the translated version by Jorge de Villasante was read in Spanish by Bianca Menendez, her poem was published in Neighbors of Historic Manassas magazine, and it was included in the city’s time capsule.


While Katherine is well-known for her poetry, she also has established a solid reputation for writing articles, columns and short fiction. She is a full-time marketing writer for a large government contracting and technology company and a widely published freelancer.

Katherine has authored 12 books: Poems from the Battlefield, Furbily-Furld Takes on the World, Approaching Felonias Park, Weaker Than Water, Bury Me Under a Lilac, Late April, A Crane Named Steve, and Get Happy, Dammit. D.C. Ekphrastic: Crisis of Faith was released in December 2020. Thirty Years of Cardinals Calling was published by San Francisco Bay Press in 2022. Get Happier, Dammit was published later in 2022. In 2023, We All Might be Witches was published by MacKenzie Publishing.

Katherine is a founding member of Write by the Rails (WbtR), the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club. She is also a member of Poetry Society of Virginia, the Prince William County Arts Council and Gainesville-Haymarket Rotary Club. A first-generation college graduate, she holds a B.A. in English from University of Massachusetts Lowell and an M.Ed. with writing concentration from Cambridge College. Katherine can be found in the Virginia Poets Database and the Poets & Writers Directory of Writers. Her full profile can be found on LinkedIn.

When she is not writing or volunteering, Katherine spends time enjoying nature and relaxing with her husband, rescue animals and adult children.

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