IMG_8998Katie Quirk is the author of  A Girl Called Problem, a middle-grade novel set in Tanzania. 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.

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 lived abroad extensively and has taught English and writing to a variety of students, including Spanish-speaking third graders in California, middle schoolers in France, high school students in India, and adults in the U.S., Tanzania, and Costa Rica.



  • 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