Katherine Kuzma-Beck

An academic mom.

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Myself in Paris, 2007

I have been writing professionally since 2005 and since then my work has appeared in a variety of places including, USA Today, Livestrong, The Myriad Arts & Literary Magazine, The Daily Puppy, several art exhibitions including Earth from Above and Honoré Daumier & La Maison Aubert: Political and Social Satire in Paris and various websites such as Thought Catalog, Editage and PopWrapped. From 2010 to 2015, I wrote and edited several web columns for Suite101.com which included art books and classical art history before the site officially closed.

For my education, I attended Rutgers University where I double majored in art history and journalism and media studies. After graduation, I sort of floated through life taking crappy jobs and putting off graduate school even though I had been admitted to Sotheby’s, Christie’s and a program done through the Wallace Collection for art business. In the end, I decided I liked the freedom teaching would provide me and so I went on to Kean University where I received my teaching credentials in elementary and secondary education for English literature. I was lucky and was able to begin teaching fairly quickly, my first job was teaching high school French and then middle school French. I published my first novel during this time, Miss Burton’s Class: Tales of a 5th Grade Teacher Turned Zombie Survivalist

After that, I have been a middle school language arts teacher ever since. I went on to complete my masters through Southern New Hampshire University in English literature and creative writing. I moved into teaching college-level English and reading soon after and it is where I am at my happiest. Around that time I published two more novels, January Rain and An August Morning.

More recently, I have entered into my final quarter for my doctoral dissertation in educational leadership where my research focuses on literacy integration in visual arts curriculum. I am hoping to graduate this summer. This spring, I began to revamp this website of mine and went back to reviewing books like I had done previously. I review romance, chick lit, mysteries, nonfiction works, horror and art books on this site. I love to read and I enjoy sharing my opinions on the books that I read with others.

In 2017, I married my longtime boyfriend, Phil and in 2018, we welcomed our son, Logan. We live in our small house by the ocean with our tiny zoo in New Jersey. In between dissertation chapters, I am working on a new novel, manning the neverending journey to find our family’s forever home and enjoying this blessed season of my life: motherhood.

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