The 2019 Writers in Residence


After reading over fifty applications, forming two committees, hosting a handful of meetings, and having the difficult discussions readers always have when they have to choose their favorite book, we have reached our decisions.

Porter Square Books is proud to announce our 2019 Writers in Residence:

Writing for young readers: Kathryn Amato

Kathryn's work in progress is a young adult queer romance that celebrates the fact that all people, regardless of gender or sexuality, are deserving of love, and it's exactly the type of book we want to see more of in the world. In her essay about the residency, she also had a clear and specific appreciation of Porter Square Books, our community, and how she will fit into that community in her role as the Writer in Residence for young readers.


Writing for adults: Catherine Flora Con

Catherine’s work in progress Notes tells the story of Claire Wu, a music student at a performing arts boarding school in the South, who is fascinated by the glamorous and enigmatic new piano teacher, Dr. Li.  Things get a little strange when mysterious handwritten notes about Dr. Li begin appearing all over campus, and Claire is determined to find out who is behind them. In original and polished prose and an authentic voice, Catherine Flora Con brings the high school cafeteria  and the insular, collegial nature of boarding school existence to life. We were intrigued by the mystery created by words on paper filling a landscape. We could see the room for personal growth in the narrator and some of the other characters and want to see how that growth happens (or doesn’t) in a completed book.

Catherine also understands the community of Porter Square Books and connects with our mission and was clear in her essay in how she saw herself fitting in to our community.

Look for their work on our blog in 2019.

The Writers in Residence will read at a welcome event on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 7PM. Stay tuned for more details about that event.

Congratulations to our two writers and thank you to everyone who applied.