• “Her eyes are classic novels and poetry.”
    —Isaac Marion

General details

  • Kate_Avino

  • United States

  • Kate

  • Female

  • English

In short

  • Hello! My name is Kate and I am currently a senior in high school in New Jersey. I blog for Huffington Post Teen, am a High School Ambassador for HerCampus (an online community for college women), am a lifelong Girl Scout, and am Editor-in-Chief of both the newspaper and the yearbook of my high school. Jane Austen enthusiast. Coffee shop connoisseur. Lover of books. Lover of dreams. Lover of love.

  • My mother always told me that past performance predicts future performance. She encouraged me to pursue what I loved and to ignore the numerous numbers of people trying to pull me in different directions. I never really understood what she meant until I was in sixth grade.

    My English teacher recognized my writing. Much to my chagrin, she printed essay after essay of mine to hand out to the class as "examples of good form and proper editing." She asked me if I wrote fiction. I humbly replied "Yes!" (or, maybe, not-so-humbly) and emailed her a novel I had been working on. The emotions were raw in that book-the main character was suffering through the same things that I was suffering through-mainly, the divorce of her parents and the "dis-ownership" of her father. It was awkward and wordy and terribly fragile, but my teacher fell in love with it. She passed it on to an author she knew. He sent me a three page letter with suggestions and compliments, and even his signature.

    That letter is still on my bookshelf, wedged in between my two favorite books.

    Today, I am still a writer. I am still a dreamer. Sometimes I'm an emotional wreck in my poetry, and other times I am as content as the cheek that catches that small glimpse of a breeze on a warm, summer day. I invite you to read my work and leave all comments and critiques!

My Favorites: Reading and Writing

  • Fiction: Literary, Multicultural, Teen

    Non-Fiction: History, Humor, Memoir/Narrative Non-fiction

    Screenplay: Comedy, Documentary, Horror, Love/Romance, Thriller

    Poetry: Epic, Experimental, Narrative, Personal / Confessional, Prose, Romantic / Love

  • Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, New York, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Fault In Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, Things Fall Apart, Les Miserables
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • Fiction: Children's, Literary, Teen

    Non-Fiction: Parenting & Family, Reference

  • Elizabeth Bennet. Naturally, for her wit. And because it would be great to have Mr. Darcy by my side.

    Hazel Grace Lancaster. Because she's just the epitome of perfection.
  • Jane Austen, John Green, Mary Shelley, William Carlos Williams, Victor Hugo, Pablo Neruda, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe