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Katherine Towler

Katherine Towler’s most recent book, The Penny Poet of Portsmouth: A Memoir of Place, Solitude, and Friendship, was chosen as a Best Book of 2016 by Entropy Magazine and praised by Publishers Weekly as “a beautiful portrait of friendship and writing” told in “eloquent prose.” Snow Island, Evening Ferry, and Island Light, the novels that make up Towler’s trilogy set on a fictional New England island, were described by The Boston Globe as "luminous and moving.” Snow Island, the first volume in the trilogy, was honored as a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers title and an Indiebound selection. Towler is also co-editor with Ilya Kaminsky of A God in the House: Poets Talk About Faith, a collection of interviews with poets who define themselves as Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, and atheist. She has published her essays in a number of anthologies and her poetry, short stories, and interviews in The Sun, Agni, Poetry International, Image, and other literary magazines. Towler has received fellowships from Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and was awarded the George Bennett Fellowship at Phillips Exeter Academy to serve as the school's writer-in-residence. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and earned an M.A. in Writing at Johns Hopkins and an M.A. in English Literature at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. She has taught creative writing to students of all ages and currently teaches graduate students in the low residency Mountainview MFA Program in Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. She also works as a freelance writer specializing in publications and promotional materials for schools and non-profits. She grew up in New York City and lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire with her husband.