Katie Rose Guest Pryal, J.D., Ph.D., is a novelist, freelance journalist, and erstwhile law professor in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She covers mental health and disability, higher education, creative writing, social justice issues, and sexual assault.

She is the author of the Hollywood Lights Series, which includes ENTANGLEMENT, LOVE AND ENTROPY, and CHASING CHAOS, all from Velvet Morning Press, and HOW TO STAY (2017) from Blue Crow Books. With Raven Books, she is the author of LIFE OF THE MIND INTERRUPTED: ESSAYS ON MENTAL HEALTH AND DISABILITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION (2017). Katie has also published many academic books, including HOW WRITING WORKS with Oxford University Press. 

As a journalist, Katie has contributed to QUARTZ, THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, THE (late, lamented) TOAST, PASTE MAGAZINE, DAME MAGAZINE, MOTHERWELL and other national and international venues. 

Katie earned her undergraduate degree in French and English from Duke University, her master’s degree in creative writing from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, where she attended on a fellowship, her law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law, and her doctorate in rhetoric and cultural studies from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.