Katherine Knapp is a Pittsburgh born, Chicago based writer. Her BA is in Russian literature, her MA is in Russian Area Studies, and her MFA is in fiction. She’s taught university creative writing and literature classes, and has taught at novel writing workshops around the country. Just recently, she's started patter-coaching for an up-and-coming cabaret singer.
In the early to mid 1990's she spent a total of two years in Moscow, Kiev, and Donetsk studying, writing, translating visual artists’ exhibition catalogues, and reorganizing collective farms into private businesses for the World Bank. In 1992 she published a financially short-lived, but extremely popular weekly community newspaper in Capitol Hill in Washington DC. Her work has appeared in Phoebe, and her story “The Sailboat” was a runner up in Glimmer Train's New Writer’s contest.
During her time in Eastern Europe, she absorbed the setting for her first book, THROUGH CHAGALL’S WINDOW, in which a beautiful, young scholar and poet attempts to leave her 1970's American upbringing behind and recreate herself in the emerging post-Soviet, Moscow art scene. An excerpt of the novel is available at Escape Into Life, an online magazine featuring art and literature by emerging and established artists from all over the world.