Katy Didden grew up in Washington, DC, and has lived in many states, including Washington, Illinois, Missouri, Oregon, and Indiana. She earned degrees from Washington University, the University of Maryland, and a PhD in literature and creative writing at the University of Missouri.
Her first book, The Glacier’s Wake (2013), won the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize from Pleiades Press. Her poems and reviews appear in journals such as Ecotone, Bat City Review, the Kenyon Review, Image, the Missouri Review, Smartish Pace, Sewanee Review, and Poetry magazine. She has received scholarships and residencies from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, the Hambidge Center, and the MacDowell Colony.
Didden has taught courses in creative writing, composition, literature, and film. After earning her PhD, she held a post-doctoral fellowship St. Louis University, and she co-curated the Observable Reading Series with the poet Rickey Laurentiis for the St. Louis Poetry Center. She held a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University (2013–2014), and taught as a visiting assistant professor in the MFA Program at the University of Oregon. She is currently an assistant professor at Ball State University.