Katherine M. Gotthardt, M.Ed.
Services Offered
online workshops in poetry and marketing
Most Recent Book Title
Get Happier, Dammit
Book Description
If you’re tired of just trudging through another day, if you’re looking for more from life than the daily grind, if you’re seeking ways to get out of that rut or helping someone else get out, you've come to the right place. Get Happier, Dammit provides a pathway to greater happiness by helping readers build inspiration and motivation, two elements that can lead to a more fulfilling life. Each short chapter provides simple, proven exercises that allow readers to develop skills like mindfulness, time management, reframing, critical thinking, goal setting and more, all designed to boost inspiration and motivation. Get Happier, Dammit, an extended version of the original book Get Happy, Dammit, includes insights from readers, teachers, writers, managers and others.
Additional Book Titles
Get Happy, Dammit
Thirty Years of Cardinals Calling
A Crane Named Steve
Furbily-Furld Takes on the World
Bury Me Under a Lilac
Weaker Than Water
Poems from the Battlefield
Late April
D.C. Ekphrastic: Crisis of Faith
Location (city/state/country)
Virginia/DC Metro
Author bio
Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt, M.Ed., writing concentration, hails from the Northern Virginia/D.C. metro area. She considers herself a writer by nature and by trade, having begun writing as soon as her mother helped teach her to read. Her first published poem, "Remembering Thoreau," appeared in ELF: Eclectic Literary Forum in in the early 1990s. Since then, her work has been published in magazines such as Yankee, as well as in journals, anthologies, books and online media. Her poetry has been taught in secondary and post-secondary classrooms and workshops.

Katherine has been a Prince William County Poet Laureate nominee and was the winner of Inside Nova’s 2019 and 2020 Best of Prince William award in the category of author. Her poetry and prose book Get Happy, Dammit: Staying Inspired and Motivated in an Often-Unhappy World received a Silver Award from the Nonfiction Authors Association. Katherine's children’s book, A Crane Named Steve, hit number one in its category on Amazon in 2019. Katherine then took first place in the free verse category of Loudoun County Library Foundation’s 2020 Rhyme On poetry contest for her piece "Discussion Topic." The Prince William Arts Council and Poet Laureate Circle awarded her the 2020 Outstanding Poetry Project Award for her leadership in Write by the Rails' Poems Around Town poetry installation. In 2021 Katherine earned second place for "Aftermath" in a Poetry Society of Virginia national contest and the regional Seefeldt Award for Arts Excellence in the category of Individual Artist. She won first place in the Virginia Writers Club statewide Golden Nib contest in the poetry category for her poem "Kayak." Katherine was recognized as a PW Perspective 2021 DMV Best Business award winner in the category of author.

An avid volunteer and believer in giving back, Katherine uses proceeds from her book sales to support community initiatives. Individuals, businesses and organizations are encouraged to help by sponsoring book printing and shipping, purchase of art supplies and necessities, and other gifts donated to local disadvantaged youth and at-risk adults.

While Katherine is well-known for her poetry, she also has established a solid reputation for writing articles, columns and short fiction. She is a full-time marketing writer for a government contracting company and is published in dozens of journals and anthologies. She has authored 11 books: Poems from the Battlefield, Furbily-Furld Takes on the World, Approaching Felonias Park, Weaker Than Water, Bury Me Under a Lilac, Late April, A Crane Named Steve, and Get Happy, Dammit. D.C. Ekphrastic: Crisis of Faith was released in December 2020. Thirty Years of Cardinals Calling was published by San Francisco Bay Press in 2022. Get Happier, Dammit was published later in 2022.
Professional Speaker Topics
social media marketing, content marketing, poetry writing 101 (various workshops)
Favorite Quote or Personal Motto

Act like what you do makes a difference. It does. -William James

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