Popery, Pens, and Paperbacks is a blog dedicated to the musings of a writer, teacher, calligrapher, farmer, and minister with topics ranging from spirituality to fountain pen collecting and the life of an academic. 

About the Author:

A calligrapher, writer, student, teacher, former minister, and fourth generation farmer, Kaitlyn is a woman who has played many roles and fits in with almost any crowd. When she is not writing fountain pen reviews or reading agrarian science fiction, Kaitlyn is working towards her PhD in Literature and teaching in the College Writing Program at the University of North Texas. In spite of the sheer number of papers she grades, Kaitlyn is passionate about teaching and enjoys working with college students. 

Kaitlyn’s eclectic literary interests are in 20th Century American Literature, specifically Environmental, Agrarian, and Feminist Literature, and Ancient literatures, particularly Ancient Greek and Roman literature. Her primary interest lies in the intersection of Environmental Justice and Agrarian Literature with Spirituality. Current research includes practical applications of Leopold's Land Ethic in agricultural practices and applications of Chicana feminist authors’ philosophies to women’s religious life in Catholicism. 

The University of North Texas where Kaitlyn currently attends and teaches. 

The University of North Texas where Kaitlyn currently attends and teaches. 

Kaitlyn received her bachelor’s degree in History with a concentration in Ancient Greek at the University of Dallas where she was blessed to study under talented instructors who encouraged her to continue on in her education. From UD, she went to the University of Notre Dame where she participated in the Echo Faith Formation Program and received a Master’s of Arts in Theology, concentrating in catechesis and social justice. During her master’s program, she concurrently worked at Butler University as an apprentice to the Catholic chaplain and upon graduation was made Director of Campus Ministry. During her three year tenure with the BCC, Kaitlyn implemented new leadership formation and started several new programs, including an Alternative Spring Break program, Women’s Ministry, and Serving by Stitching, a group which knits warm clothes for the homeless. In addition to this, she worked closely with ten other religious organizations as part of an interfaith coalition at the Center for Faith and Vocation. Her adventure in ministry at Butler ended when she left to begin her PhD.  

In 2013, Kaitlyn became a Providence Associate with the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary of the Woods and Providence Spirituality plays a big role in her faith life.  She often finds God outside in nature, bird watching, in reading poetry, and in silence. 

The Church of the Immaculate Conception at Saint Mary of the Woods.

The Church of the Immaculate Conception at Saint Mary of the Woods.

Kaitlyn’s many passions include eco-justice, contemplation in action, study of languages, reading, and her friend-family. She loves leading retreats and is passionate about social justice and care for creation. After an internship at the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice in Terre Haute, IN, Kaitlyn has found a love for gardening and growing things. She is never without a pen and paper, usually her trusty Pilot Vanishing Point and a field notes notebook. 

Specialties: 20th Century American literature, Agrarian literature and science fiction, technical writing, grant writing, website design, feminist theology, spirituality, contemplation in action, ecumenism, and liberation theology. 


Kaitlyn is a native of rural Missourian and a farm girl at heart. The one thing she misses the most while in Texas is the Ozark mountains which loom in the distance of her childhood home. 


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