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Katie Koppel

Nonfiction Writer
Boston, MA
Katie Koppel is a Memoir Incubator alum and a Boston-based writer of memoir and personal essays. Her work has appeared in NPR, Salon, Narratively, Cognoscenti, CommonHealth, xoJane, and more. Her memoir, Plucked: A Memoir of Hiding, was a finalist for the Permafrost Nonfiction Book Prize. Koppel was awarded a scholarship for the GrubStreet Memoir Incubator, a competitive and juried program focused on craft development. Through this program, she learned the distinction between situation and story in memoir writing, a concept that has guided her approach to writing about an otherwise hyper-specific subject: her journey with a compulsive hair pulling disorder. She was a recipient of the Wesleyan Scholarship for the 2014 Wesleyan Writers Conference, and completed a residency at Lemon Tree House in 2016. You can find her at: www.katiekoppel.com.