Go On Girl! Book Club, Unpublished Writer Award 2021 Winner
Katherine Dempsey is an Atlanta native and comes from a long line of Southerners, primarily from Georgia and South Carolina. She enjoys incorporating Southern Gothic themes into her writing, especially relating to the supernatural. Many of her ideas are centered around educating about coastal culture and destigmatizing Black mysticism.
Katherine is an incoming first year graduate student at Georgia State University, with a focus on teaching English literature. Upon graduation, she is seeking a career as a high school English teacher and is looking forward to educating her students about the rich history of the South and its unique storytelling traditions. Further, her goal is to eventually enter a university setting and bring the soul of the South to a more mature audience. She comes from a long line of educators and is eager to continue the family tradition.
In terms of writing, Katherine would like to write more stories centered around Black culture in the South with her usual Southern Gothic themes, heavily inspired by her family’s history. In particular, she would like to explore more about Gullah-Geechee culture and the influence it has had, especially in the first half of the twentieth century. Her writing is largely influenced by Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and William Faulkner.