Residency, Blue Mountain Center, 2019

John W. Kluge Fellowship, Library of Congress, 2017-18

Residency, Blue Mountain Center, 2016

Benjamin Franklin Stevens Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society, 2013-14

Residency, Blue Mountain Center, 2013

First Place (tie), Graduate Nonfiction Writing Award, University of Pittsburgh, 2013

Residency, Edward F. Albee Foundation, 2011  



"Deaf Culture and Sign Language: A Reading List," Emily Perper, on "The Sign for This," Longreads, September 2015

"Growing Up With Signs," Katie O'Brien, on "The Sign for This," The Rumpus, July 2015

"MAR Asks, Katie Booth Answers," Mid-American Review, June 2015



excerpts from The Illusion of Miracles, Reading, Women in Nonfiction, City of Asylum. Pittsburgh, PA. 2019.

excerpts from "The Sign for This," Reading, Bridge Series, City of Asylum. Pittsburgh, PA. 2017.

excerpts from The Illusion of Miracles, Reading, Homing Instincts launch party, White Whale Bookstore. Pittsburgh, PA. 2017.

“Still,” Reading, Mid-American Review 35th Anniversary Celebration, Gallery 13. Minneapolis, MN. 2015

“The Performance of Miracles: Alexander Graham Bell’s Mission to Save the Deaf,” Presentation, Brown Bag Lunch Series, Massachusetts Historical Society. Boston, MA. 2014

“Hopeful to the Sky,” Reading, The Fourth River Release Party, Carnegie Library. Braddock, PA. 2014

“Writing the Body,” Presentation (with Jill Khoury), Writer’s Café, University of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, PA. 2014

“Teaching Theresa,” Reading, University of Pittsburgh Speakeasy, Assemble. Pittsburgh, PA. 2014

“American Sign Language: Language, Culture, and Identity,” Lecture, Intercultural Education and Applied Linguistics, Sun Yat-sen University. Guangzhou, China. 2011

“Mabel and the Freak Show,” Reading, Panther Hollow Reading Series, Panther Hollow Inn. Pittsburgh, PA. 2010

“Miss Numbers,” Reading, Fuel and Fuddle Reading Series, Fuel and Fuddle. Pittsburgh, PA. 2009