Katharine Blake McGowan

Biography

Katharine is a writer living in Vermont's Upper Valley. Formerly, she was Director of Special Projects at the Children's Defense Fund, where she worked closely with Marian Wright Edelman on gun safety measures, community organizing, and the cradle to prison pipeline. She has also taught writing at San Quentin prison, worked for Senator Leahy on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and clerked at the National Prison Project, the arm of the ACLU responsible for bringing class action suits against prisons that violate prisoners' rights. She has a J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she spent most of her time at the Community Law Clinic, representing clients in matters including expungement, housing, worker's right, and social security. Before law school, she was an organizer for President Obama's first campaign in 2008 and earned her B.A. in Literature from Smith College. Her first book about heartbreak and the legal system is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2020.