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I’m Kathleen McKitty Harris. I’ve got the best gig on the planet. I’m a storyteller. Usually while I’m sitting at home, and still wearing my pajamas.

I’m a writer, native New Yorker, wife and mother living in northern New Jersey with my husband and two children. I’m also a child of the seventies, a distant descendant of the original proprietor of McSorley’s Old Ale House in Manhattan, and a part-time Woodstocker in New York’s Catskill Mountains.

Since 2008, I’ve been writing on my blog about old boyfriends and the scent of mimeographed sheets in my former parochial school in Queens, about parenting and proudly identifying as New York Irish, about the cruel injustice of extra cheese sliding off pizza slices, and about whatever else strikes me at random hours of the day. Or, more accurately, late at night, when everyone else in my house is asleep.

I have studied with Martha Frankel, author, entertainment journalist and executive director of the Woodstock Writers’ Festival. My work has appeared in various online and print publications such as Full Grown People, The Huffington Post, The Rumpus, McSweeney’s, Family Fun, and Green Door Magazine. (See SELECTED WRITING for selections from my portfolio.) I’ve also been named as a Glimmer Train Press short story finalist, and as a three-time finalist at the Woodstock Writers’ Festival Story Slam.

For the past several years, I’ve composed a daily list of three things for which I am grateful: my “gratitudes.” The practice has been life-changing and tummy-warming. The ritual stemmed from efforts to quiet my frazzled, worried mind, and has resulted in meaningful connections with a multitude of people who respond to them. Please follow me on Facebook — or click on DAILY GRATITUDE – to read these daily posts.

All work on this site is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express consent of Kathleen McKitty Harris. Please ask first — alrighty? (That’s what my imaginary legal team told me to say. They dress in impeccably tailored suits, smell delicious, and have exceedingly white teeth.)

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