formal credentials

Katey Schultz is the author of Flashes of War, which the Daily Beast praised as an “ambitious and fearless” collection, and the novel, Still Come Home, both published by Loyola University Maryland. Honors for her work include the Linda Flowers Literary Award, the Doris Betts Fiction Prize, IndieFab Book of the Year, a Gold Medal from the Military Writers Society of America, four Pushcart nominations, and writing fellowships in eight states. She lives in Celo, North Carolina and is the founder of Maximum Impact, a transformative mentoring service for creative writers that has been recognized by both CNBC and the What Works Network.

Katey is a sought-after instructor and mentor of writers, with teaching credits in notable programs across the United States. She is also a prolific writer of art essays, with 7 national cover stories to her name, featuring individual artists and their creative processes. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in numerous literary journals. In addition, Katey is an avid backpacker since the age of 9, having hiked more than 30 mountain ranges, and she has been a practicing Buddhist for 16 years. Originally from Portland, Oregon and a graduate of the Pacific University MFA in Writing program, Katey now makes her home with her husband and son in Celo, North Carolina.


Flashes of War (Loyola University Maryland, 2013)

“This is a brilliant, unsettling, and disturbingly beautiful book…Writing of this degree of commitment and integrity is living evidence of the power of fiction to tell the truth about reality.” –Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya (The Watch)

Flashes of War is written in “a deceptively minimalist style that out-Carvers Carver and exposes the traumas of war without any breast-beating outrage.” (Los Angeles Review of Books)

“When I requested an early review copy, my interest mostly was to see how off-base a creative writing dilettante could go in her presumption to tell the story of soldiers at war. Well, I’m the jerk, because she did a better job than many veteran writers I’ve read, and I’ve read a lot.” –Nathan Webster (New York Times contributor)

Bite: An Anthology of Flash Fiction (Trachodon Publishing, 2012)

“In the editor’s note, Katey Schultz points out that to her, the best flash fiction ‘mark[s] a moment in the story with such vivid texture, the reader has no choice but to feel it right between the eyes.’ And that is a great description of all of the pieces included in this collection. In each one, you can pinpoint the exact moment where it twists, revealing a deeper meaning, a hidden truth, or a surprising plot change.” (New Pages)


MFA Creative Writing, Pacific University, 2008.
Montessori Lead Adolescent Teacher Certification (grades 6-9), IGS/MEPI, 2005.
BA Philosophy, Whitman College, 2001.

Readings & Lectures

Formal lectures and workshops by invitation at: United States Air Force Academy, Washington College, Rose O’Neill Literary House, F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival, National Writers Series, Columbia College Chicago, SUNY-Binghamton, Carroll University, Oakland University, AWP Minneapolis, STORY Week Festival of Authors, Great Plains Writing Conference (South Dakota State University), Virginia Military Institute, Carolina Mountains Literary Festival, Haywood Community College, Friends of the Cumberland County Library, and more.

More than 70 public readings and lectures in Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Prizes & Awards

  • Flashes of War awarded IndieFab Book of the Year in War & Military Fiction from Foreword Reviews, 2014
  • Flashes of War awarded Gold Medal in Literary Fiction from Military Writers Society of America, 2013
  • “The Last Thing They Might Have Seen” selected as 2015 Finalist for Best Small Fictions
  • “Paddy the Albino” selected as 2016 Finalist for Best Small Fictions
  • “Paddy the Albino” and “What the Water Teaches” nominated for the 2016 Pushcart Prize
  • “The Last Thing They Might Have Seen” and “Stop Looking at Me Like That” nominated for the 2015 Pushcart Prize
  • “The Last Thing They Might Have Seen” selected as 2015 Finalist for Best Small Fictions
  • Shortlisted for International One-Page Fiction Prize for “While the Rest of America’s at the Mall,” 2010
  • 1st place winner of Press 53 Short Story Award for “My Father Calls Me Pequeña,” 2010
  • 1st place winner of Whispering Prairie Press Flash Fiction Contest for “The Last Thing They Might Have Seen,” 2010
  • Linda Flowers Literary Prize awarded by North Carolina Humanities Council, 2009


  • Faculty & Artistic Director, Interlochen College of Creative Arts, 2011-present
  • Guest Lecturer, Great Smokies Writing Program, UNC-Asheville, Fall 2014, Spring 2016
  • Visiting Writer, Solstice MFA in Writing at Pine Manor College, July Residency, 2014
  • Emerging Writer, Randolph College, Spring 2013
  • Visiting Instructor, 49 Alaska Writing Center, February 2012, March 2016
  • Additional teaching experience at Blue Mountain Community College (Writing 122), Fishtrap (Eastern Oregon Writer-in-Residence), and Interlochen Arts Academy (Writer-in-Residence).

Selected Literary Publications

  • Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, “Here at the Bottom” and “Sex,” flash fiction, forthcoming 2016
  • Fiction Southeast, “Seeing Marcella” and “Oscar’s Texas,” flash fiction, Winter 2016
  • War, Literature & the Arts, “On Patriotism and the Language of the Global War on Terror,” essay, 2015
  • KYSO Flash, “Paddy the Albino,” flash fiction, 2015
  • Litro New York, “Immortality,” flash fiction, 2015
  • Fiction Southeast, “Why I Write,” essay, 2015
  • Consequence Magazine, “What the Water Teaches,” short story, 2015
  • KYSO Flash, 4 flash fictions and 2 micro fictions, 2014
  • Afghan Scene Magazine, “Flashes of War,” 4 short stories and Epilogue, reprinted 2013
  • Hot Metal Bridge, “Home on Leave,” short story, 2013
  • Thumbnail Magazine, “Questions Without Answers,” flash fiction, 2013
  • Gold Quoin Press, “While the Rest of America’s at the Mall” and “With the Burqa,” flash fiction, 2013
  • Ars Medica, “Amputee,” flash fiction, 2013
  • Connotations, “Getting Perspective,” short story, 2012
  • Talking River Review, “Kabul Stadium,” short story, 2012
  • Tales from the Combat Zone Anthology, “Not Worth a Rat’s Ass,” flash fiction, 2012
  • Calyx and Press 53 Awards Anthology, “My Father Calls me Pequeña,” short story, 2011 & 2010
  • River Styx and Cold Flashes Anthology (University of Alaska Press), “Grimshaw on the Ice,” flash fiction, 2010
  • Fiction Daily and Electric Literature, “Paddy the Albino,” flash fiction, 2010
  • Fiction Daily and Sugar Mule, “In the Quiet,” short story, 2010
  • Additional: please inquire.


Ten years experience in editing and publishing, including senior editorial work for: Main Street Rag Publishing Company, TRACHODON Magazine, Memoir (and) Journal, Our Stories, and Silk Road. This work included direct contact with submissions, final editorial decisions, and written introductions for three fiction anthologies: Dots on a Map (Main Street Rag, 2009), Coming Home (Main Street Rag, 2010), and Bite: An Anthology of Flash Fiction (TRACHODON Publishing, 2012). Additional information: please inquire.


  • Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN 2015 & 2016 & 2017
  • Prairie Center of the Arts, Peoria, IL 2012
  • The Island Institute, Sitka, AK 2012
  • Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA 2011 & 2009
  • Madroño Ranch Artist Residency Program, Bandera, TX 2011
  • Jentel Foundation, Banner, WY 2010
  • Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, Southern Pines, NC 2010
  • Wrangell Mountains Center, McCarthy, AK 2009

Radio & Television

Radio interviews for Flashes of War on NPR’s Morning Edition on WNCW, Michigan Writers on Interlochen Public Radio, Writer’s Anthology on Raven Radio, Write On on KFAI Minneapolis Public Radio, Lake Effect on WUWM Milwaukie Public Radio, WordPlay on Asheville FM, and more.

Flashes of War featured on NBC-affiliate WUPN 4&7 for The Writer’s Minute. Interviewed via Skype (and dubbed in Dari) for Tolo News, the #1 news source based in Kabul, Afghanistan that is broadcast around the world, for nightly news talk show “Farakhabar” (“Beyond News”).

Art Essays

More than 75 essays including 7 national cover stories featuring individual artists and their creative processes published in: American Ceramic Society, Ceramics Art & Perception, Ceramics Monthly, Contemporary Impressions, Metalsmith Magazine, Museo Arte Contempraneo de Puerto Rico (exhibition content), Surface Design Journal, Southern Arts Journal, and more.