MFA University of Iowa, 1989
MA Johns Hopkins University, 1986
BA Johns Hopkins University, 1984
Creative writing, Memoir, Personal essay, Poetry
Kathryn Rhett teaches creative writing at Gettysburg, and advises the undergraduate magazine of literature and art, The Mercury. She is Chair of the English Department and Ombuds for Gettysburg College.
Rhett is co-director and faculty for the Young Writers Workshop at Gettysburg College, a one-week creative writing camp for high school students. In addition to teaching at Gettysburg College, she is a core faculty member of the low-residency MFA programs at Queens University in Charlotte.
Her collection of poetry, Immortal Village, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2018, which also published her essay collection, Souvenir, in 2014. Rhett is the author of Near Breathing (Duquesne University Press) and editor of the anthology Survival Stories: Memoirs of Crisis (Doubleday/Anchor). A 2007 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellow in Nonfiction, she has published essays in Creative Nonfiction, Harvard Review, Massachusetts Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The New York Times Sunday Magazine and elsewhere. Her essays have been chosen four times as Notable Essays for Best American Essays. She has published poetry in journals such as Grand Street and Ploughshares, and reviews in Chicago Tribune Books and Tikkun. In 2018, she was a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She writes screenplays with her sister, film editor and writer Cecily Rhett, and their TV movie, "Crossword Mysteries: Abracadaver," will premiere on the Hallmark channel in fall 2019.