Kathryn Trueblood, MFA

Any, Professor


Pronunciation: Kathryn: CAT-RIN, Trueblood: True Blood sounds like two words.

Kathryn Trueblood has been awarded the Goldenberg Prize for Fiction and the Red Hen Press Short Story Award. Her work is situated firmly in the medical humanities. Her most recent book, Take Daily As Needed, treats parenting while chronically ill with the desperado humor the subject deserves (University of New Mexico Press, 2019). Her previous novel, The Baby Lottery, dealt with the repercussions of infertility in a female friend group (a Book Sense Pick in 2007). Her story collection, The Sperm Donor’s Daughter, takes a look at assisted reproduction and received a Special Mention for the Pushcart Prize in 2000. Trueblood’s stories and articles have been published in Poets & Writers Magazine, the Bellevue Literary Review, Medical Literary Messenger, The Examined Life, The Los Angeles Review, Glimmer Train, The Seattle Review, Zyzzyva, and others. She is a member of The Red Badge Project, a non-profit organization serving active duty soldiers and veterans in Washington through the use of storytelling techniques. The anthology she edited, Stories Deployed: the Veteran Chronicles, won the Magazine of the Year Award from the Washington VFW Association in 2022. 

Trueblood’s interests include the cathartic effect of writing, theories of trauma and addiction, end-of-life choices, the literature of war and social protest. While at U.C. Berkeley, she studied multicultural American lit, and later at U.W., she studied women’s literary history. Trueblood is finishing a collection of essays, Death Fever, based on her mother’s decision to voluntarily stop eating and drinking during the pandemic rather than enter assisted living. 

Research Interests

  • The cathartic effect of writing
  • theories of trauma and addiction
  • end-of-life choices
  • the literature of war and social protest