Kate grew up in the mountains that follow the Tennessee/Virginia state line, where her family moved back and forth between Kingsport, Tennessee and Gate City, Virginia. Now, she lives on the coast of North Carolina and teaches in the Departments of English and Creative Writing and the Honors College at UNC Wilmington. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing, Fiction, from UNC Wilmington, where she also studied publishing and editing through an internship with Lookout Books and various editorial positions with Ecotone magazine. Raised the preacher’s daughter of a family with deep Mississippi roots, and having lived in Nashville, much of her writing centers around the South, religion, music, old country, and Southern culture. Her stories and nonfiction appear and are forthcoming in venues such as The Pinch, Helen, Door is a Jar, semicolon lit, Steel Toe Review, and elsewhere.