Katie Fallon is the author of the nonfiction books Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird (University Press of New England, 2017) and Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird (Ruka Press, 2011). Katie’s children’s books, Look, See the Bird! and Look, See the Farm! are forthcoming from Hatherleigh Press in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
A finalist for the Reed Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment, Cerulean Blues is “part journey, part documentary, and wholly engaging; a tribute to a bird that bridges continents with its wings and to a rising star among contemporary nature writers,” according to Pete Dunne, former Director of the Cape May Bird Observatory and author of Hawks In Flight and other books.
Katie’s essays have appeared in a variety of literary 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. Her first word was “bird.”
Katie is also one of the founders of the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving wild birds through scientific research; outreach and public education; and rescue and rehabilitation. The ACCA is based near Morgantown, WV, and each year treats more than 200 injured wild birds, conducts dozens of environmental education programs, and sponsors citizen-science research projects. Email Katie (or visit the Outreach section of this site) if you’d like to learn more.
A lifelong resident of Appalachia, Katie’s great-great grandfather, great-grandfather, and grandfather were coal miners in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Both of her parents were public school teachers. In addition to writing, teaching, and caring for injured wildlife, Katie enjoys birding, hiking, travel, canoeing, yoga, and wine. She lives in Cheat Neck, WV, with her daughters Laurel and Cora, spouse Jesse, beagle-ish rescue dogs Liza Jane and Sally Ann, and (formerly) wild horses Rosie and Ranger.
Listen to an interview with Katie on BirdCallsRadio, September 2016.
Read Katie’s Work:
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.