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Katie Booth

Katie Booth

Katie Booth’s work has appeared in Indiana Review, Mid-​American Review, The Fourth River and Vela, and has earned fellowships and residencies from the Edward Albee Foundation, the Blue Mountain Center and the Massachusetts Historical Society. She holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA from Hampshire College. She currently teaches writing and journalism at the University of Pittsburgh and is the “Bookmarked” column editor for Vela.

Looking Good

To flip through Hans Jonas’s album, which is indistinguishable on the outside from a family photo album, is to view Pittsburghers as if they were a family: a beloved aunt Sally Wiggin, a hardworking cousin Willie Stargell, and of course, everybody’s favorite neighbor, Fred Rogers.

Beyond difference

Even before the performance of “Land of Oz” begins, it’s obvious that different rules apply here. Eyes dart around the auditorium and settle down in focused “listening” — sight is the primary way people here share information. To get someone’s attention, wave a hand in the air. To ignore someone, at which the high schoolers…
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