Katherine Sanger is a writer, teacher, and mom who lives on the Gulf Coast of Texas. She loves learning and teaching and spends most of her time involved in those pursuits. She's done everything from work retail to teach college students, from create websites and program databases to edit and publish a 'zine, and from advocate for her son's educational rights to learn roller derby. She's been published in a variety of formats and genres, including science fiction and fantasy, poetry, and nonfiction.
Even before her son was diagnosed with Autism at the age of two, Katherine began doing her research on the condition. She has advocated for change within his school, learned sign language along with her son to help with his speech development, follows new research and treatments, attends workshops and conferences, and is still constantly learning about the Autism spectrum. Katherine is a member of multiple Autism groups and her son is an active participant in Special Olympics.
Education and Distance Education
For the past 10 years, Katherine has been working at several community and technical colleges and universities (both on campus and online), teaching college English classes, including developmental English, college English, grant writing, world literature, and rhetorical analysis of non-fiction. She's worked in writing centers and as a writing coach. In addition to her teaching, she also enjoys the learning aspect of education, and so far she's earned an Associate's Degree in General Studies, a Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology, a Master's Degree in Liberal Arts, a Master's Degree in English Literature, and a Post-Master's Certificate in College Teaching. She completed 48 hours of doctoral-level coursework on post-secondary and adult education before deciding to transition to an MFA program in Creative Writing.
Katherine spent over five years at the helm of From the Asylum, an e-zine of fiction and poetry that she edited and managed. It produced three yearly print anthologies and a themed anthology. Her own writing has been published in various e-zines and print, including Baen's Universe, Spacesports & Spidersilk, Black Petals, Star*Line, Anotherealm, Lost in the Dark, Bewildering Stories, Aphelion, and RevolutionSF. Her poetry has won numerous awards, including First Place in Byline's "Autumn Poem" contest, First Place in "Lucky Thirteen" contest sponsored by Sol Magazine, and Honorable Mention in: The Houston Chapter Award, The Hap Fulgham Prize, and The "Varoom-Varoom" Award. She writes non-fiction for various websites, including Examiner.com, Hubpages, and Yahoo! Contributor. She's a member of Broad Universe, Science Fiction Poetry Association, SFWA, Bay Area Writers League, and Gulf Coast Poets. She attends and presents at various writing conferences every year and is currently enrolled in the MFA program at the University of Tampa.
Katherine is a database junkie who loves every chance she gets to create a well-thought out database. She received her Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with a speciality in Database Management. In addition to databases, Katherine is well-versed in website development and various software. She received her MOUS certification when it was first offered back in 1997, was offered the chance to be a beta-tester for a later certification test, and is an avid power user of all things Microsoft.
Other Interest and Hobbies
In her spare time, Katherine is a tattooed woman who enjoys learning roller derby (and hopes to make the "fresh meat" team), playing games, reading, watching horror movies, and spending time with her family. Oh, and she loves zombies.