Bestselling Author from Lancaster County Inspired by Nasty Messages About Her Work to Write Her Latest Book

Kate Baer.

Lancaster County native Kate Baer topped The New York Times Bestseller List for paperback trade fiction with her debut poetry collection, What Kind of Woman, and has used the nasty messages she received about her work to write the draft of her latest book, a collection of “erasure poems,” writes Jessica Bennett for The New York Times.

One of the poems Baer posted on International Women’s Day on her Instagram, along with the original message that prompted it: a request for an interview that called her work “not unbearable, but also not universal.” It also advised her to study some of the classics to improve her work and make it more relatable.

Baer’s subject matter ranges from raw and conflicted feelings about her body to the comfort, but also sometimes agony, of a long-term partnership, as well as the crippling loneliness that comes with motherhood, even though she is never alone.

“She puts into words what a lot of women won’t say out loud,” said author Soraya Chemaly.

Read more about Kate Baer in The New York Times here.