Katherine Standefer, Ashland MFA CNF Faculty
Katherine Standefer

Katherine Standefer


Katherine Standefer is the author of Lightning Flowers: My Journey To Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life, which was a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice/Staff Pick and the November 2020 Group Text pick. Named one of O, The Oprah Magazine's Best Books of Fall 2020, Lightning Flowers was also shortlisted for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Prize from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation at Harvard, received a starred Kirkus review, and was featured in People Magazine, on NPR's Fresh Air, and on the goop podcast. Standefer was a 2017 Marion Weber Healing Arts Fellow at the Mesa Refuge and a 2018 Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good. Her work appeared in The Best American Essays 2016 and won the 2015 Iowa Review Award in Nonfiction. Standefer earned her MFA at the University of Arizona in Creative Nonfiction. She lives on a piñon- and juniper-studded mesa in New Mexico with her chickens. 


MFA Creative Nonfiction, University of Arizona