In recognition of artistic excellence, Katy Yocom is the recipient of an Al Smith Fellowship Award from the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, which is supported by state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.


 Photo credit: Terry Price

Photo credit: Terry Price

Katy Yocom was born and raised in Atchison, Kansas. After graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism, she moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where she has lived ever since. Her novel Three Ways to Disappear, forthcoming in 2019 from Ashland Creek Press, won the Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature and was a finalist for the Dzanc Books Disquiet Open Borders Book Prize and the UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize.

In researching the novel, she traveled to India, funded by a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. She has also received grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Kentucky Arts Council and served as writer-in-residence at Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Crosshatch Hill House, and PLAYA. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Salon, The Louisville Review, decomP magazinE, and Louisville Magazine, among other publications. Her short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She holds an MFA in Writing from Spalding University.

She lives with her family in Louisville and serves as associate director of Spalding’s low-residency MFA in Writing program, where it's her great good fortune to work with writers every day.


Honors for Three Ways to Disappear:
Winner, Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature
Finalist, Dzanc Books Disquiet Open Borders Book Prize
Finalist, UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize


Articles, Essays, Short Stories

Salon: "Muhammad Ali, My Father and Me" (essay)
decomP magazinE: "Honey Hunting" (flash fiction)
Midlife at the Oasis: "Tiger Women" (essay)
LEO Weekly: "Gazpacho, My Love" (essay)
Food & Dining: "Fernando Martinez" (profile)