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 novel Three Ways to Disappear, forthcoming in 2019 from Ashland Creek Press, 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 the novel, she traveled to India, funded by a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. In recognition of artistic excellence, she is the recipient of an Al Smith Fellowship Award from the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, which is supported by state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has also received grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and served as writer-in-residence at Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Crosshatch Hill House, and PLAYA. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Salon, The Louisville Review, decomP magazinE, and Louisville Magazine, among other publications. Her short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She holds an MFA in Writing from Spalding University.
She lives with her family in Louisville and helps direct Spalding’s low-residency MFA in Writing program.
Awards and Recognition
- Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature