Katy Carl is the author of As Earth Without Water (Wiseblood Books, 2021) and of Praying the Great O Antiphons: My Soul Magnifies the Lord (Catholic Truth Society, 2021, forthcoming) and is editor in chief of Dappled Things magazine. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Windhover, Vita Poetica, Belle Ombre, Across the Margin, Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry, Evangelization & Culture, Genealogies of Modernity, St. Louis magazine, and the National Catholic Register, among others.
A senior affiliate fellow of Penn’s Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society, Katy is pursuing her MFA in creative writing at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. She was honored to be the inaugural Wiseblood Books Writer in Residence in 2020.
Praise for As Earth Without Water
"Katy Carl’s As Earth Without Water is a sharp and moving meditation on freedom, choice, and the creative life. 'Art is from the soul,' one of Carl’s lost painters insists; this novel certainly reads like it is."
—Christopher Beha, Editor of Harper’s, author of What Happened to Sophie Wilder and The Index of Self-Destructive Acts
"Katy Carl gives us a vision of love that refuses to be caught up in consoling fantasy. Amidst the darkness of human sin and self-deception, Carl reveals the true complexity, depth, and promise of human longing. A powerful and stunning debut novel. Carl is an artist whose cleverness and skill is tied to a clear vision of reality, and I cannot wait to see what she does next."
—Jennifer Frey, host of the literary podcast Sacred and Profane Love