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Katherine Orr

Associate Professor
Dr. Katherine Orr (formerly Katherine Blackbird) is an Assistant Professor teaching Poetry and Creative Writing in the English Department at Kent State. She is also a member of the Honors College faculty, a mentor to NEOMFA students teaching Creative Writing, and directs Senior Writing Portfolios. Her most recent research focuses on poetry as a modality of healing in those impacted by trauma, especially as infants and pre-cognitive, pre-verbal children, and the way poems and the images they contain mediate between trauma and a livable post-traumatic life. She is recipient of the University Council’s Outstanding Teaching Award and several other performance-based teaching awards. Her chapbook, White Sustenance, was one of the first two to win the Wick Poetry Chapbook Competition, her poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Midwest Quarterly Journal for Contemporary Thought, and many other journals and magazines, and she has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is faculty advisor for Kent State University’s literary magazine, Luna Negra, and is associate editor for Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal. She is the mother of two grown daughters and lives in Burton, Ohio.
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

American Association of University Professors, Kent State Chapter (AAUP)

Associated Writing Programs (AWP)

Kent State University Alumni Association

Modern Language Association (MLA)

The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE)

The C. G. Jung Educational Center of Cleveland 

Katherine Orr
Department of English
Phone: 330-672-1768
Fall 2014
  • ENG 11011 - 017 College Writing I
  • ENG 20021 - 001 Intro - Creative Writing
  • ENG 30069 - 001 Poetry Writing I
  • ENG 40010 - 003 Writing Portfolio
  • HONR 40096 - 030 Individual Honors Work
  • HONR 40099 - 031 Senior Honors Thesis / Project
  • ENG 41098 - 001 Guided Research In English
  • ENG 42092 - 002 Writing Internship
Spring 2015
  • ENG 11011 - 021 College Writing I
  • ENG 20021 - 002 Intro - Creative Writing
  • ENG 30069 - 001 Poetry Writing I
  • ENG 40010 - 002 Writing Portfolio
  • HONR 40099 - 039 Senior Honors Thesis / Project
  • ENG 41096 - 007 Individual Investigation