Katharine Beutner

Hawaii, United States

Katharine Beutner is the author of Alcestis, which won the 2011 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction. She is an assistant professor of English at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, teaching creative writing and literature; she previously taught at the College of Wooster. An excerpt from her next novel, Killingly, was published in the July issue of TriQuarterly. Her writing has also appeared in Public Books, Humanities, MediaCommons' The New Everyday, and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet. She earned an MA in fiction writing and a PhD in English literature from the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation focused on the antagonistic relationships between early eighteenth century women writers as expressed in their autobiographical writings.

Website: blog.katharinebeutner.com


  • Alcestis , Soho Press (February 1, 2010)
  • "Some Little Lamb" (excerpt from the novel 'Killingly') , TriQuarterly (July 1, 2013)


  • Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction(2011)
  • Finalist, Lambda Literary, Lesbian Debut Fiction(2011)
  • Finalist, Compton Crook Award(2011)


  • Visiting Assistant Professor at The College of Wooster (August 2011 - August 2013)
  • Assistant Professor at The University of Hawai'i at Manoa (August 2013 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in Classical studies from Smith College (May 2003)
  • Master of Arts in English (Creative Writing) from The University of Texas at Austin (May 2006)
  • Doctoral Degree in English literature from The University of Texas at Austin (May 2011)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Children's literature , Poetry