Katy Whittingham ‘99 recently had first poetry book, “By a Different Ocean,” published by Plan B Press. The book is Whittingham’s latest collection of poems inspired by the landscape surrounding Cape Cod, where she currently lives and often vacationed as a child. In her poems, Whittingham paints a vivid picture of the region she loves and knows so well. This rhythmic and edgy collection has been described as “timeless” and “timely” by its reviewers and critics.
Originally from Upstate New York, Whittingham graduated from William Smith College with a B.A. in English, cum laude. She completed an Honors project in poetry with Assistant Professor Kirsten Wasson. Whittingham also studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, and participated in the semester in New York City program with Professor Grant Holly, including an internship at Dateline NBC. On campus she was active with Campus Greens and America Reads.
“HWS helped me to be where I am today because of the wonderful English professors I had while I attended. In particular, Kirsten Wasson, Daniel O’Connell, David Weiss, Grant Holly, and Paul Cody,” she says.
Upon graduation from William Smith, Whittingham went on to Emerson College, graduating with her MFA in writing. She now teaches writing at both Bridgewater State College and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She resides on Cape Cod with her husband Michael, where she continues to be inspired by the Cape she admires so dearly. Though “By a Different Ocean” is her first book, her work has been published in Tonopah, Third Wednesday, Perigee, Kennesaw Review, Hoboeye, Frigg Magazine, Ludlow Press, Southern Ocean Review, The Circle, The Pedestal Magazine, and Beacon St. Review (now Redivider), among others.