Katharine Covino, Associate Professor of English Studies, teaches writing, literature, and teacher-preparation classes at Fitchburg State University. Her research interests include critical pedagogy, gender, and identity. Three areas of current scholarship focus on a) critical pedagogy in literacy-learning classrooms, b) applying indigenous lenses to examine cultural myths, and c) collaborating with English teachers on issues related to literacy praxis. Prior to teaching at the university level, she taught middle school and high school in Austin, Texas. She is also a children’s book author. Two recent books seek to support children and their families in understanding, processing, and addressing the challenges of living through a global pandemic in a funny, accessible, kid-friendly way.