Katherine Catmull


I'm a writer and actor in Austin, TX. My most recent book,  a YA fantasy called The Radiant Road (Dutton Young Readers/Penguin), was published in January 2016 to starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal.

My first book, Summer and Bird (also Dutton Young Readers), was named one of Booklist's 2012 Top Ten First Novels for Youth and was both an IndieBound New Voices Pick and an Amazon Editors' Pick for fall 2012. It's out in paperback as well.

I am also one of four spooky-storymakers at the Cabinet of Curiosities website. Greenwillow/HarperCollins has published a collection of those stories, which was named one of the New York Public Library's Best Children’s Books of 2014.

I often act on stage in various Austin venues, especially Hyde Park Theatre. And I do voice work for games like DC Universe Online (Oracle) and Wizard 101 (Myrella Windspar). 

My theater-for-youth adaptation of Summer and Bird was produced by Austin Playhouse in 2019. I have written several short plays (you can read one in New Monologues for Women by Women, Vol II), nine of which have been produced either in ScriptWork's Out of Ink festival or HPT's FronteraFest. I've also collaborated on a couple of longer ones. 

I sometimes write about arts for the Austin Chronicle, and I usually blog for the Fusebox Festival, an international hybrid arts festival held in Austin every spring.

I was born in Salt Lake City and lived in Atlanta, Tampa, and Houston as a kid. I have a BA in English Literature from Reed College in Portland, OR, and an MA in lit from The University of Texas at Austin.

I tweet here and tumble there.

And if you'd like to write me, I'd love to hear from you.