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Katie Bayerl


About Katie

Young adult author Katie Bayerl has built a career around words and teaching. She has taught writing in high schools, nonprofits, detention facilities, and online; served as Features Editor of a youth-generated magazine; directed the communications efforts of a Boston-based education nonprofit; and helped to capture the stories of dozens of schools and nonprofits in Boston and across the country. She currently teaches classes for teens and adults at GrubStreet, with a focus on the novel. Katie holds two degrees in education and and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a winner of the PEN New England/Susan P Bloom Children's Book Discovery Award and was honored to serve as the 2018 Michael L Printz Author in Residence and the 2018 Lois Lowry Fellow. Her debut young adult novel, A Psalm for Lost Girls (Putnam/Penguin) was named a top pick from Amazon and Book-a-Million, a "can't miss" by Boston Magazine, and a 2019 TAYSHAS selection by the Texas Library Association. Katie will read anything with great sentences, but she's especially in love with haunting literary fiction, atmospheric mysteries, and young adult fiction that tackles big questions with honesty, wit, and heart.