Texas Tech University

Katie Cortese

Dr. Cortese

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Florida State University
Office: 312G ENG/PHIL
Email: katie.cortese@ttu.edu

Areas of Specialization and Interest

Editing &  Publishing

Her work has earned prizes from River Styx, Silk Road, Narrative Magazine, Seven Hills Review, and elsewhere. The recipient of a Kingsbury Fellowship and a Tennessee Williams scholarship to attend the Sewanee Writer’s Conference, her stories, essays, poems, and interviews have most recently appeared in Gulf Coast, Main Street Rag, Harpur Palate, Third Coast, Carve Magazine, Willow Springs, Passages North, PANK, The Tusculum Review, and Crab Orchard Review, among others. She edited The Southeast Review from 2010-2013, and has also contributed to the production of Juked and Hayden’s Ferry Review.

Short Stories
Creative Nonfiction/Memoir
Book Reviews

Short Stories

  • “Rules of Combat,” Passages North, forthcoming 2014
  • “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” Passages North, forthcoming 2014
  • “Lexa Flying Solo,” Gulf Coast, forthcoming 2013
  • “The Second Happiest Place on Earth,” Third Coast Magazine, forthcoming Spring 2013
  • “Dinner at Margie and Stan’s,” Pembroke Review, Spring 2013
  • “Firebug,” Carve Magazine, Winter 2012
  • “Spaceman’s Daughter,” Cimarron Review, Issue 181, Fall 2012
  • “Pilgrims,” Crab Orchard Review’s Due North Issue, Volume 17, Issue 2, Fall 2012
  • “History, Revised,” New Madrid, Volume VII, No. 2, Summer 2012
  • “Gliese 581g,” NANO Fiction, Issue 10, Summer 2012
  • “Warming Up,” Main Street Rag, Summer 2012
  • “Anger Management,” Fiction Southeast, Spring 2012
  • “Play Dead,” Seven Hills Review, Volume 17, Spring 2012
  • “The Promised Land,” Narrative Magazine, Fall 2011
  • “Hide and Seek,” Fiction Southeast (reprint), Fall 2011 Issue
  • “Let Down Your Hair,” Silk Road, Volume 6.2, Fall 2011
  • “Paula’s Old Tyme Pirate Photos,” Harpur Palate, Volume 11, Fall 2011
  • “Thrill Ride,” River Styx, Issue 85, Summer 2011
  • “Sum of Her Parts,” Smokelong Quarterly, Spring 2011, Issue 32
  • “Hide and Seek,” New South, Volume 4, Number 1, Winter 2011
  • “International Cooking for Beginners,” Willow Springs, Issue 66, Summer 2010
  • “Tug-of-War,” Passages North, Winter/Spring 2010 Issue
  • “The Foul-Friendly Sea,” Prick of the Spindle, Vol. 3.3, Fall 2009
  • “Rapture,” The Ampersand Review, Vol. II, Spring 2009
  • “Sugar Coat,” The Superstition Review, Issue 2, 2008
  • “Swallowed,” NANO Fiction, Volume 1, No. 2, 2007
  • “Confirmation II,” St. Ann’s Review, Summer 2007
  • “Hovering,” Zahir: A Journal of Speculative Fiction, Issue 10, 2006
  • “Bitter, Sweet, Salt,” Zone 3 Literary Journal, Fall 2005

Creative Nonfiction/Memoir

  • “Mr. Fixit,” The Tusculum Review, forthcoming spring 2013
  • “Confessions of a Perpetual New Kid,” Passages North Online, Winter 2012
  • “Life on a Half Shell,” Arizona State University’s Marginalia, Spring 2008


  • “A Pocket Guide to Cosmic Bowling,” The Prose-Poem Project, Fall 2011
  • “Rowboat,” The Prose-Poem Project, Fall 2011
  • “Alchemical Confrontations in June,” PANK, Fall 2009
  • “An Autumn Seurat,” PANK, Fall 2009
  • “Squall,” The VisualText Project II, 2005
  • “How to Catch a Desert Fish,” The Comstock Review, 2005
  • “How to Catch a Desert Fish,” The VisualText Project I, 2004


  • “So You Want to Write a Story,” On Writing: A Process Reader, FSU edition, forthcoming 2013
  • Multiple articles for Bigfish Publications, Spasearch, Poolsearch and Spasearch UK, 2006
  • Graduate Creative Writing Student Association Update, ASU’s Marginalia, 2005
  • “From the Fringe to the West End, Student Prices Pay Off,” www.budgetbritain.com, 2002
  • Contributed to the Skidmore News at Skidmore College, 1998-2002

Book Reviews

  • “Bill Konigsberg’s Out of the Pocket,” ASU’s Marginalia, Fall 2009
  • “Nalini Jones’ What You Call Winter: Stories,” SER Online, 2009
  • “Lee Ann Carroll’s Rehearsing New Roles, How College Students Develop as Writers,” ASU’s
  • Rhetoric and Composition Book Reviews Corner, 2003


Department of English