Bless This Wild Mess is a blog dedicated to the musings of a writer, teacher, calligrapher, ex-minister, planner girl, and coffee addict with topics ranging from spirituality to fountain pen collecting and the life of an academic. 


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About the Author:

A calligrapher, writer, student, teacher, former minister, and fourth generation farmer, Kait 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, Kait is working towards her PhD in Literature and working as a teaching fellow 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 Xicanisma and U.S. Feminist Liberation Theology. Current research includes applications of Gloria Anzaldua's nepantla to women’s religious life in Catholicism. 

Kait and her service dog, Gary. Photo by Heidi Cephus, PhD. 

Kait and her service dog, Gary. Photo by Heidi Cephus, PhD. 

Kaitlyn is the mother of the world's cutest corgerrier (yes, that's a corgi-Jack Russell terrier mix) who doubles as a teaching assistant in her classes. Gary the PhDog is a beloved member of the English Department at UNT where he works as Kait's service dog. 

This is the administration building at the University of North Texas, where Kait is a PhD candidate and teaching fellow. 

This is the administration building at the University of North Texas, where Kait is a PhD candidate and teaching fellow. 

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, planning in her bullet journal, reading, and organizing. 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 her A5 Traveler's Notebook. 

Specialties: 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. 

 

For more information, visit kaitlynwilly.com