Katherine Gustafson

writer and editor


About me

I’ve always loved writing. And I’ve always admired those who follow their inspiration and live their values.

My career began in the nonprofit sector, and my first job — helping students from bitterly divided Cyprus talk to each other — showed me how much I love when people say “let’s do things differently.”

As a grantwriter for environmental organizations, I learned how much I love to capture and express inspiring work that changes the world.

My book chronicling innovators in the US food system showed me how much I love finding, talking to, and describing people who are following their excitements into new territory.

Writing profiles of passionate entrepreneurs, articles on exciting new ventures, copy for innovative businesses, and generally working with ambitious visionaries of all types has shown me how much I love writing about people who are pursuing the things that make them tick.

Living in many countries, including Nepal, Guatemala, Scotland, and Egypt, has helped me embrace different perspectives and learn to cross boundaries to environments and topics that are new to me.

Being an entrepreneur in my own right — as an independent writer with a diverse and ever-changing client roster — has shown me how much I love feeling that spark of inspiration, the knowledge that possibility is everywhere.

Awards and Honors

  1. Finalist, 2012 Books for a Better Life Award

  2. First Prize Winner, 2009 Metropolitan Washington Mensa Scholarship

  3. Pew Fellow, Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs at Boston University

  4. Runner Up, Summer 2008 Fifty-Fifty Contest, Summerset Review

  5. Awardee, Merit-based Fellowship, 2008 Summer Literary Seminars

  6. Semi-finalist, 2008 Summer Literary Seminars Contest

  7. Nominee, 2006 Pushcart Prize

  8. Runner Up, 2006 Iowa Review Award for Fiction, judged by Pulitzer Prize winner James Alan McPherson

  9. Finalist, 2006 Gather.com Travel Writing Contest

  10. Judges' Grand Prize Winner, 2005 Gather.com Short Fiction Competition

  11. Winner, 2004 Transitions Abroad Magazine Student Writing Award