Kathryn Miles grew up on the Midwestern prairie, where she cultivated a strong desire to be the next Laura Ingles Wilder. When that role continued to elude her, she turned her attention elsewhere and became a cub reporter covering local oddities like Zamboni drivers, pumpkin chunkers, and barge captains. She took a B.A. in Philosophy from Saint Louis University in 1996 and received her PhD in English from the University of Delaware in 2001.
Miles still dedicates her writerly life to uncovering previously ignored narratives and characters. She is the author of Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy (Dutton 2014), All Standing (Simon & Schuster 2011), and Adventures With Ari (Skyhorse 2009). Her work has appeared in dozens of publications including Best American Essays, Between Song and Story, Ecotone, History, How To Write About Anything, Outside, Popular Mechanics and The New York Times.