English and Creative Writing

Katie Henson
Katie Henson

Katie Schmid Henson


Katie Schmid Henson is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing. She’s taught at colleges in Wyoming, Illinois, and Nebraska. Katie first became interested in writing poetry when the poet Li-Young Lee visited her suburban Chicago high school. Her goal in the classroom is to create a lively environment where she can support students’ writing interests and encourage their growing sense of themselves as writers.


Katie, under the writing name Katie Schmid, has been published in Best New Poets, The Nation, and The Gay & Lesbian Review, among other places. She’s a National Endowment for the Arts fellow in poetry and is at work on her second book of poems. Her debut book, Nowhere, about female embodiment, family, and the effects of incarceration, was published by the University of New Mexico Press. She’s also currently at work on a novel.




B.A., English Writing and Literature, Millikin University

M.F.A, Poetry Writing, University of Wyoming

PhD, English and Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Nebraska, Lincoln


Introduction to Creative Writing

Poetry Writing

Research Interests

The Poetry of Social Movements

Feminism & poetics

Queer literature

Coming of Age literature

Recent Work


Nowhere, University of New Mexico Press, August 2021


forget me/hit me/let me drink great quantities of clear, evil liquor, Split Lip Press, 2015.


“The Mechanic,” More in Time: a tribute to Ted Kooser, University of Nebraska Press, 2021.


“How to Eat an Orange,” “The Peonies,” and “Letter to Be Opened in the Event of my Death,” in Zone 3, Spring 2023

“Do Not Go In,” in The Gay & Lesbian Review, Sept/Oct, 2022

“The Daughter” in Verse Daily, January 2022

The Holiness of Degradation,” in The Nation, September 30th, 2021

“Apartment Hunting,” in Michigan Quarterly Review, Spring 2021