Katherine Gustafson

writer and editor


About me

I am a writer by vocation and an entrepreneur by spirit -- I love using my talent to help others and taking the initiative to ensure all my clients are satisfied.

My career began in the nonprofit sector, where I worked for international development and environmental organizations as a project manager, document developer, and grant writer.

I gravitated increasingly toward working with words and began publishing work in magazines and writing for clients in the evenings. In 2009, I devoted myself to writing and editing exclusively and have been a freelance writer and editor ever since.

My education is in anthropology (BA, Amherst College) and international affairs (MA, Boston University), and I have lived in a number of countries including Nepal, Guatemala, Scotland, and Egypt.

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