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 | Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, and Domestic Fabulism

Katie Cortese is the author of Girl Power and Other Short-Short Stories (ELJ Editions, 2015) and the forthcoming collection, Make Way for Her and Other Stories (University Press of Kentucky, 2018). Her work has earned prizes from Narrative Magazine, River Styx, Silk Road, and elsewhere. She has been granted a Tennessee Williams Scholarship to attend the Sewanee Writer's Conference, a Kingsbury Fellowship, and a residency at the Arte Studio Ginestrelle in Assisi, Italy. Her prose has recently appeared in journals such as Indiana Review, Burnside Review, Gulf Coast, Third Coast, Blackbird, Word Riot, and PANK. The faculty advisor for TTU's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta and Fiction Editor for Iron Horse Literary Review, she recently helped organize Write Our Democracy, an event that included students, faculty, alumni, and community members. Learn more at www.katiecortese.com.

Selected Short Stories
Selected Flash Fiction
Creative Nonfiction/Memoir


  • Make Way For Her and Other Stories, University of Kentucky Press, forthcoming 2018
  • Girl Power and Other Short-Short Stories, ELJ Edition, 2015

Selected Short Stories

  • “The Ark,” Indiana Review, Spring 2017
  • “Change Begins with You,” Juked, Spring 2015
  • “Back to Nature,” Potomac Review, Issue 57 (Plus a Q&A)
  • “Fort Lauderdale Is for Lovers,” The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, Summer 2015
  • “Welcome to Snow,” Ep;phany, December 2014
  • “Love in the Time of Zombies,” Blue Earth Review, Fall 2014
  • “That First Necessary Heartbreak,” Blackbird, Fall 2014
  • “Flight Plan,” Talking Writing, Fall 2014
  • “Helios,” Day One, Fall 2014
  • “Lemonade,” Chagrin River Review, April 2014
  • “Gentleman's Game,” Sequestrum, March 2014
  • “The Secret” Split Lip Magazine, Issue 9, January-March 2014
  • “Wakulla Springs” The Baltimore Review, Fall 2013
  • “The Second Happiest Place on Earth,” Third Coast, Spring 2013
  • “Lexa Flying Solo,” Gulf Coast, Issue 35.2, Spring 2013
  • “Firebug,” Carve, Winter 2012
  • “Spaceman's Daughter,” Cimarron Review, 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
  • “Warming Up,” Main Street Rag, Summer 2012
  • “The Promised Land,” Narrative Magazine, Fall 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
  • “Confirmation II,” St. Ann's Review, Summer 2007
  • “Bitter, Sweet, Salt,” Zone 3 Literary Journal, Fall 2005

Selected Flash Fiction

  • “Nowhere But Down,” Mojave River Review, Spring 2017
  • “Kahuna's” Mojave River Review, Spring 2017
  • “Squall” Burnside Review, Summer 2016
  • “Slinky” Burnside Review, Summer 2016
  • “Royal Treatment,” Atticus Review, Fall 2015
  • “Living with Rex” Atticus Review, Fall 2015
  • “Minke and Mozart,” Wigleaf, Fall 2015
  • “Quitting Time,” Blue Lyra Review, Issue 4.3, Fall 2015
  • “I Give You, the Mother of the Bride,” Pretty Owl Poetry, Issue 7, Fall 2015
  • “Peanut Butter and Bacon,” CHEAP POP, Summer 2015
  • “Another Man's Treasure,” Miracle Monacle, Spring 2015
  • “Oasis,” Miracle Monacle, Spring 2015
  • “Missed Connection,” Mister Monacle, Spring 2015
  • “Nature vs. Nurture,” Open Ground, Spring 2015
  • “Fine Art at the San Diego Zoo,” Fox Chase Review, Summer 2014
  • “Accord and Satisfaction,” Devil's Lake, Spring 2014
  • “Independence Day,” Devil's Lake, Spring 2014
  • “The Moon, That Bright Tether,” Devil's Lake, Spring 2014
  • “Invisible,” Matchbook Literary Magazine, Spring 2014
  • “The Strong Woman, After Failing Her Massage Therapy Practical Exam,” Booth, Spring 2014
  • “Labor Day,” Contrary, Spring 2014
  • “LETLUVINTRIN@,” Gone Lawn Journal, Spring 2014
  • “Camping Christopher Creek,” WhiskeyPaper, Spring 2014
  • “A Geologic Survey of Love,” WhiskeyPaper, Spring 2014
  • “Mead or Mulberry Wine?” WhiskeyPaper, Spring 2014
  • “In the Beginning of the End,” Every Day Fiction, Spring 2014
  • “The Junior Superheroes Club of Tallahassee, FL,” Saw Palm, Spring 2014
  • “Rules of Combat,” Passages North, Spring 2014
  • “What to Expect When You're Expecting,” Passages North, Spring 2014
  • “Italian Classes at Tony's Leaning Tower of Pizza,” Prime Number, Winter 2013
  • “Baby Pictures,” The Citron Review, Winter Issue 2013
  • “Run All Day, Run All Night,” Lunch Ticket, Winter Issue 2013
  • “Insatiable,” Sundog Lit, Issue Four, Fall 2013
  • “Before the Monsoon,” Sundog Lit, Issue Four, Fall 2013
  • “Gravity,” Bartleby Scopes, November 2013
  • “Disappearing Act,” Word Riot, October 2013
  • “Girl Power” Monkeybicycle, October 2013
  • “Under the Weather,” Cease, Cows, August 2013
  • “Food, Water, Shelter,” Pithead Chapel, Volume 2, Issue 8, August 2013
  • “Best Laid Plans,” Extract(s), June 2013
  • “Dinner at Margie and Stan's,” Pembroke Magazine, Number Forty-Five, Spring 2013
  • “Gliese 581g,” NANO Fiction, Issue 10, Summer 2012
  • “Anger Management,” Fiction Southeast, Spring 2012
  • “Play Dead,” Seven Hills Review, Volume 17, Spring 2012
  • “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, Issue 1, Winter 2010 Issue

Creative Nonfiction/Memoir

  • “An Unsentimental Interview with Debra Monrow,” Writer's Chronicle, forthcoming 2017
  • “A Real Boy,” Issues Magazine, Fall 2016
  • “Love, Sports, and the Secret to Happiness,” Waxwing Literary Journal, Spring 2016
  • “Janet Jackson, Aristotle, and Frankenstein's Monster Walk into a Bar: Humor in Flash Fiction,” Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres, Edited by Marcela Sulak and Jacqueline Kolosov, Fall 2015
  • “Why I Write,” Fiction Southeast, Spring 2015
  • “When Not in Rome: Tips for Traveling Middle Italy,” The Common, Spring 2014
  • “A Recipe for Satisflying Flash,” MichaelAlexanderChaney.com, Winter 2013
  • “Winning Like a Girl,” Sports Literate, forthcoming Fall 2013
  • “Things American: NFL Preview (The Patriots and Moby-Dick),” American Short Fiction, Fall 2013
  • “Sweet Home Massachusetts,” decomP, August 2013
  • “Mr. Fixit,” The Tusculum Review, Spring 2013
  • “Confessions of a Perpetual New Kid,” Passage 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