Born in Bristol, Katherine McMahon grew up between the North Yorkshire Moors, the Yorkshire Wolds and the North Sea coastline before moving to Edinburgh in 2007 to study Social Anthropology. Her poems have appeared in publications such as Flicker and Spark, a contemporary queer anthology of spoken word and poetry (Lowbow Press, 2013), Poems for Freedom (Freedom Books, 2013) and The List. She has performed her work widely, including appearances at Rally and Broad in Edinburgh, Last Monday at Rio in Glasgow and the Traverse Sessions. Her debut pamphlet, Treasure in the History of Things, was published in 2012 by Stewed Rhubarb Press and was accompanied by an album, a collaboration with sound designer Fiona Keenan.
As part of her work for LGBT Health and Wellbeing, Katherine edited the anthology Naked Among Thistles (Elephant Juice, Stewed Rhubarb & LGBT Health and Wellbeing, 2014) with Alison Wren. She is particularly interested in poetry and spoken word as community-building and action for social change.