Katie Fallon is the author of the nonfiction books Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird (University Press of New England, 2017, available in paperback 2018) and Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird (Ruka Press, 2011), which was a Finalist for the Reed Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment. Katie is also the co-author of two books for children, Look, See the Bird! (2017) and Look, See the Farm! (2018), both from Hatherleigh Press.
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Katie’s essays and articles have appeared in a variety of journals and magazines, including Fourth Genre, River Teeth, Ecotone, Bark Magazine, Appalachian Heritage, Now & Then, Isotope, Fourth River, the minnesota review, The Tusculum Review, and elsewhere. Her essay “Rebirth” (published in River Teeth, Fall 2013) was listed as a “Notable” in Best American Science & Nature Writing 2014, and her essay “Hill of the Sacred Eagles” was a finalist in Terrain‘s 2011 essay contest. She has been nominated several times for a Pushcart Prize. Katie has taught creative writing at Virginia Tech and West Virginia University; she currently teaches Nonfiction in the Low-Residency MFA Programs at West Virginia Wesleyan College and Chatham University.
Katie is currently serving as President of the Mountaineer Chapter of the National Audubon Society, and she is also one of the founders of the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving wild birds through research, education, and rehabilitation. The ACCA is based near Morgantown, WV, and each year treats more than 300 injured wild birds, conducts dozens of environmental education programs, and sponsors research projects. Email Katie (or visit the Outreach section of this site) if you’d like to learn more.
WV Living magazine recently named Katie a 2017 “Wonder Woman of West Virginia”!
A lifelong resident of Appalachia, Katie’s great-great grandfather, great-grandfather, and grandfather were coal miners in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. She lives in Cheat Lake, WV, with her family.
Katie’s first word was “bird.”
Listen to an interview with Katie on BirdCallsRadio, September 2016.
Read Katie’s Work:
Read Katie’s short article about fierce female raptors on the National Audubon Society’s website.
Katie’s work was recently added to Penn State University’s “Creek Journals,” a Long-term Ecological Reflections Project based at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center. Click to read Katie’s eight short essays–and more about the Creek Journals project!
Essay “Hill of the Sacred Eagles” published in Terrain and named a Finalist for its 2011 Creative Nonfiction Contest. This piece appears in a different form as a chapter in Vulture.
Essay “Rebirth” published in River Teeth, Fall 2013. Nominated by the editors for a Pushcart Prize and listed as “Notable” in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014. This piece appears in a different form as a chapter in Vulture.
Essay “Dogs Bring Comfort in Wake of Virginia Tech Tragedy” in Bark Magazine, 2011.
An excerpt from Chapter Two of Cerulean Blues in The Tusculum Review, 2011.
Katie is featured as a “hero” on the Aurora Lights blog.