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 finished my doctoral studies at Capella University and have since published my research, Literacy Integration in the Urban Visual Arts Classroom: A Case Study Approach. Last year, 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 have 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. Currently, I am working on a new novel, manning the never-ending journey to find our family’s forever home and enjoying this blessed season of my life: motherhood.

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