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 fiction, poetry, essays, and journalism have appeared in Salon, The Louisville Review, decomP magazinE, StyleSubstanceSoul, and Louisville Magazine, among other publications. Her unpublished novel Three Ways to Disappear won the Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature and was a finalist for the Dzanc Books Disquiet Open Borders Book Prize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 her 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 Hopscotch House. Her short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her poetry has been translated into Bulgarian. She holds an MFA in Writing from Spalding University.
She lives with her husband in Louisville, Kentucky, and helps direct Spalding’s low-residency MFA in Writing program, where it's her great good fortune to work with writers every day.
Three Ways to Disappear is currently on submission to publishers and is represented by Lisa Gallagher of DeFiore & Company Literary Management Inc. For inquiries: lisa [at] defliterary [dot] com.
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