IMG_8998Katie Quirk is the author of  A Girl Called Problem, a middle-grade novel set in Tanzania. She is currently working on two books: Sari Swinging: One Mom Opts out of the American Work-Family Grind, a parenting memoir about life with a newborn baby in India; and Kurinji, a young adult novel set at a boarding school in the mountains of South India. Katie’s essays and articles–listed below–have appeared in publications including The Washington Post, The New York Times, Slate, The Los Angeles Times, Orion, and The Christian Science Monitor. She blogs about family gap years abroad at Warmer Than Canada

Katie has a BA in French literature from Haverford College and an MFA in creative writing from Mills College. Originally from Washington state, Katie has taught English and writing for over ten years to students as diverse as Spanish-speaking third graders in the California farm belt, Berkeley community-college students, high school students in India, and adults in Tanzania and Costa Rica. She currently lives with her family in Maine.



  • 2016 Half the World Global Literati Short List Finalist
  • 2014 Maine Literary Awards Young Adult Novel Finalist
  • 2014 Paterson Award for Best Book for Young People (Grades 7-12 Category), The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College
  • 2013 First Prize for Family Travel Writing in the Seventh Annual Solas Awards
  • 2009 finalist for the Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing
  • 2006 Mills College Award for Graduate Young-Adult Fiction