Poet Kate Northrop earned a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MFA from the University of Iowa. A contributing editor for The American Poetry Review, Northrop has received fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference as well as various awards. Northrop has taught at West Chester University and the University of Wyoming. Her lyrical poems frequently engage themes of history, loss, and return.
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