Katie Booth

Katie_boothBefore moving to China, Katie Booth had never left the country for more than ten days. Today she lives in Pittsburgh, and finds herself thinking more and more about place: the hard grit of the Rust Belt or the forests of New England where she grew up. More often than she ever imagined she would, she misses Guangzhou, the way throngs of people would gather at sundown and dance by the river.

Katie has taught at Sun Yat-sen University, where she remains affiliated faculty with their Center for Creative Writing—the first center of its kind in China. She has earned fellowships from the Edward Albee Foundation and The Massachusetts Historical Society, and currently writes for Pittsburgh Magazine and teaches at the University of Pittsburgh.

Stories by Katie:

  • Forbidden

    In the middle of the shoving crowd between the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, my two Chinese students stopped in hushed awe. In those first moments, I studied their faces. I looked at them more than I looked at the walls that stretched before us to our left, more than the expanse to our right […]–Read more