IMG_8998Katie Quirk is the author of  A Girl Called Problem, a middle-grade novel set in Tanzania. She blogs about family gap years at Warmer Than Canada, and is currently working on a memoir, Sari Swinging, about life with a newborn baby in India.

In addition to having a BA in French literature from Haverford College, Katie received 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, international high-school students in India, and Swahili-speaking journalism students in Tanzania. She currently lives in Maine with her husband and two kids, and enjoys doing school author visits.


  • 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



  • Judge for the Mills College graduate and undergraduate young-adult writing award, 2013