Katie Quirk

Honors Preceptor

B.A. French Literature, Haverford College
M.F.A Creative Writing, Mills College

Katie is the author of A Girl Called Problem, a Kirkus-starred, middle-grade novel set in post-independence Tanzania. Her essays and articles have appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and Slate.

Scholarly Interests: Creative writing (nonfiction and young-adult fiction), service learning, and composition.

Why I Teach in Honors:
I’m an incorrigible explorer. Teaching has proved the perfect avenue for me to engage with difference. I’ve taught–and learned from students–in a variety of settings: a research institute in the Costa Rican Cloud Forest, a university bordering Tanzania’s Lake Victoria, a liberal arts college in Indiana, a South Indian boarding school, and a community college in Berkeley, California. Maine’s Honors College is built on a foundation of diversity–scholars from varied academic backgrounds reading diverse texts–but with the shared goal of honoring curiosity, critical thought, intellectual rigor, and learning from difference. I feel privileged to join in this quest.

Selected Publications:

  • “When a family’s outdoor sculptures were stolen, neighbors rallied. Now, towering art lines their street.” The Washington Post: May 19, 2020.
  • “Having ‘The Talk’ With My Kids: What I Said to My Sons About Gun Violence.” Yes! Magazine: April 2, 2018.
  • “Building a Baby Sleep Machine in India.” The New York Times: January 26, 2018.
  • “How My Costa Rican Neighbors Jolted Me Out of Climate Activist Apathy.” Slate: August 8, 2017.
  • “I’m raising a bilingual child, perhaps to his dismay.” The Washington Post: Feb 1, 2017.
  • A Girl Called Problem (novel). Eerdmans: April, 2013.

Honors Involvement: Civilizations preceptor, Creative writing Tutorial