Visiting Assistant Professor of English
"I received a B.A. from Knox and an M.F.A. from Texas State University. I recently moved to Galesburg from Austin, Texas, where I was an editor for the academic publisher PRO-ED. Previously, I lived in New York City, where I was an editor at Oxford University Press. Recent creative work has appeared in nthword and Front Porch. I am currently working on a book-length prose poem and a historical novel about a silver miner's wife who lived in Colorado in the late 1800s."
Years at Knox: 2011 to present
M.F.A., Fiction, 2008, Texas State University-San Marcos.
B.A., English Writing, 1999, Knox College, cum laude.
Selected Professional Accomplishments
Writing Workshop with Larry Woiwode, Johnson, V.T., Vermont Studio Center, 2003.
Davenport Fiction Prize, First Place, Knox College, 1999.
Al Young Award, First Place-Drawing, Knox College, 1999.
Beverly White Fiction Prize, Knox College, 1998.
Al Young Award, Second Place-Printmaking, Knox College, 1998.
Attended Drawing Marathon with Graham Nickson on Richter Memorial Scholarship, New York Studio School, New York, N.Y., 1998.
Richter Memorial Scholarship, Knox College, 1997.
Internship at the Illinois Entertainer: wrote cover stories, feature articles, and album reviews
Culminating project: modern dance and creation of short comic book, ACM Chicago Arts Program, Chicago, Illinois, 1997.
University-wide award for best first-year essay, about Thomas Mann's Death in Venice, The University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, 1996.
"Puddle Creatures," nthword May 2011.
Headlights and Stars, chapbook January 2011; art book, hand-letterpressed by Chris Reno at the Book Arts
Center, University of Iowa.
"The Koreans Should Be Grateful," anthology of emerging Austin writers, Dalton Press Spring 2011.
"That River: Memories of Barry Hannay," Front Porch Fall 2010.
"The Koreans Should Be Grateful," 34th Parallel Winter 2009.
"Pulchrae Aeterna," Catch Fall 2000.
"Sante Fe," Catch Fall 1995.
What Students Say
"Professor Reno is a down-to-earth person and professor. She encourages her students to draw connections between texts presented in class and explore the literature's relevance in our individual lives. She poses stimulating questions and listens intently to each student's interpretation and helps the class formulate a cohesive analysis. Her devotion to the texts fosters enthusiasm in her students."
-Allison Fry, Creative Writing and Gender & Women's Studies Major
"Katya Reno, although quiet, is stimulating and profound. In class, she facilitates compelling discussion and takes into consideration the opinions of every single student. She is willing to listen and work with their ideas to help move the class forward to fresh and fascinating topics. Her passion for literature shines, and she inspires students to reach toward new personal, creative, and intellectual heights."
-Mary Kate Murray, Creative Writing Major