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Writings luminous, strange, fantastic, and extraordinary

Kathrin Köhler


painting of a dark-haired girl with an bowl of goldfish inverted over her head

Mistaken Identity by artist

- Ken Wong

About Me

I am a writer of stories, poems, and unclassifiables tending toward the weird, uncanny, and speculative. Speculative writing is where the unknown future transforms into shimmering possibility.

My writing is informed by my experiences growing up as an immigrant in the US, and by my interests in exploring what it means to belong (and to not belong), how narrative shapes our understanding, how we internalize social power structures, and how people (re-)create and interact with their environment.

I'm a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop where, for six weeks, the inestimable Jeanne Cavelos taught me more than I dreamed possible about writing in general, about writing speculative fiction, and about my own strengths as a writer.

In the not too distant past, I graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor's Degree in English and Creative Writing. More recently in my educational journey, I earned an Associate's Degree in Applied Science in Web Software Development.

While I may be writing more code than prose these days, there is a novel in the works. Be on the look out for some interplay of programming and fiction - such as interactive and visual fiction, and writers' tools as well!