Katharine Allen Tillman
b. 1983, Statesboro, Georgia. I grew up next to a pecan orchard, made intricate collages in shoeboxes, and went to elementary school dressed as Flannery O’Connor when we had to impersonate our favorite famous Georgians. After leaving the South, I spent most of my late teens and 20′s in New York City, where I worked as a research scientist in a visual perception lab at New York University. My work on cognitive processes underlying object recognition and reading has appeared in Nature Neuroscience and some other places. After several years of part-time study at NYU, I completed my BA, summa cum laude, in Psychology, with minors in Creative Writing and Classics in 2009. I’m currently a doctoral student in the experimental psychology program at UC San Diego, where I’m working on language and conceptual development, with a particular interest in how language and narrative structures influence our perception of the visible and invisible world.
I’ve been doing sitting meditation and various other contemplative practices for over a decade. In other stages of my life, I’ve also been certified to teach yoga and spent 6 months hitch-hiking around the country and pan-handling on street corners. I’ve been publishing my journals online since 1997, but my e-popularity has been going downhill since high school.
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The photo above was taken in the bathroom at the Backstage restaurant behind the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, after the ballet.