What is this?

I built this website to organize my graduate school research and to share my experimental poetry blog, nonsensicalifornia, a space concerned with the mysteries and absurdities of human emotion and language.



I'm Katie Ancheta. You may have also known me as Katie Bierach.

I was born in Berkeley and raised in the Silicon Valley. I moved to the Los Angeles area in 2005.

I work as an editor, developing textbooks, websites, and other digital products to support teaching and learning.

I recently completed by Master of Arts degree in English at California State University Northridge (2017), studying rhetoric and composition. I am particularly interested in how discourses use language to maintain, promote, and disrupt power; and in exploring feminist and linguistic approaches to rhetoric.

I earned my Bachelor of Art's degree in English at California Lutheran University, graduating Summa Cum Laude, as valedictorian, with university honors. While at CLU, I worked in the Writing Center as a Tutor and as Student Coordinator.  I also served as Editor-in-Chief for the university's literary magazine, Morning Glory, which won an ACP Pacemaker award under my leadership in 2009. Additionally, I won the Mark van Doren Poetry Prize in 2008 and in 2009.

I enjoy crocheting, hiking, and spending time with my husband and cats.