Kathryn Benson


Kathryn J. Benson is a writer, teacher, and erstwhile librarian who lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with several thousand books and a dog named after Pippi Longstocking. Kathryn holds a BA in English Literature from Grinnell College, an MSIS with a focus in Librarianship from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the co-creator and -producer of two podcasts: Truer Words, a podcast about the work of making art, and the forthcoming Tortall or Nothing, a re-read podcast where adults revisit (and lovingly critique) Tamora Pierce’s Tortall Universe books through the lens of their childhoods.

When not crafting stories, Kathryn loves to make all sorts of other things, including but not limited to: hearty soups, mediocre music, a somewhat outlandish wardrobe of DIY dresses, and dining room tables. Kathryn is repped by Jacqui Lipton.


Fun Fact: Kathryn grew up in a road trip family — which means she’s visited all 48 contiguous U.S. states by car, as well as several dozen national parks, monuments, and historic sites.