About

Meet Katie Otey

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Katie Otey is an author and poet who has been in love with books since she learned how to read at three years old. Mainly a humorist, her favorite stories can be described as comedies with heart that are mostly inspired by the antics of her five children.


In addition to writing, Katie has also taught Algebra to middle school and high school students. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics from the HBCU Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee as well as her Master’s in Teaching from McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. 


Katie’s favorite pastimes are singing, performing skits with her kids, practicing her Spanish, traveling, and making others laugh. She joined the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) in 2012  and has served as a Network Representative for the organization since 2014. Katie resides in southern Illinois with her family. Her picture book EVERY OTHER CHRISTMAS is forthcoming from Sky Pony Press in September 2022.

In addition to realizing her own publishing dreams, Katie is the founder of the independent publishing company, Phoenix Media & Books, LLC. Through her work with Phoenix Media & Books, Katie is determined to provide opportunities for a diverse array of creators.

Katie is represented by agent Bonnie Swanson of The Purcell Agency.