Katherine Bode-Lang was born and raised in western Michigan, where she attended Hope College. As a girl, Katherine was most influenced by two landscapes: Lake Michigan and northwest Washington, where her paternal grandparents lived and where her family now resides. After graduating with a dual-degree in English and Women’s Studies from Hope, Katherine moved to Tucson, Arizona, where she worked for The Drawing Studio, a non-profit artists’ cooperative.
Katherine moved to Pennsylvania to attend graduate school. She earned her MFA in poetry at Penn State University, where she taught creative writing and composition and later worked as the Assistant Director of the Methodology Center. She is now the Assistant Director of Education and Quality Management in the Office for Research Protections. She lives in central Pennsylvania with her husband, Andrew, and their daughter.