this thing is heavy

Katie Mills Giorgio is an author and freelance writer living and working in Cedar Rapids, Iowa—where she was born in fact, although she has lived lots of other places.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in Magazine Journalism and English/Writing from Drake University in 2003 and is proud to say she is putting those skills to good work day in and day out from her little yellow desk in the corner of her living room.

Katie writes for a variety of publications, websites, and organizations—from Hoopla to The Iowan and Kaboose.com to Meredith Integrated Marketing—and enjoys becoming an “expert” on a wide range of topics.

She has also spent part of her career working in the nonprofit arena, first at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago, then at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and currently at the Linn County Nonprofit Resource Center.

While working in marketing at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art in 2007, Katie had the pleasure of promoting an exhibition called “Hidden Treasure: Original Children’s Book Illustrations from the Cedar Rapids Public Library.” It featured amazing works of art from the Zerzanek Collection of Children’s Book Illustrations—wonderful characters like Curious George, Babar, Danny and the Dinosaur and Little Toot—owned by the library and little known to the general public. Katie immediately fell in love with the illustrations and dreamed of writing a book about the collection one day.

So now Katie is working on a young adult novel that tells the story of the Zerzanek Collection and how it was saved from the devastating flood that wrecked havoc on the city of Cedar Rapids in the summer of 2008.

When she’s not busy writing, Katie and her husband Matt are reading lots of children’s books (and playing as much as possible) with her two fantastic kids, Tom and Lucy.

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