Biography & Publications

D.K. McCutchen is Senior Lecturer at UMass Amherst in the College of Natural Sciences. Previously Provost’s Designee and one time Chair of the University Writing Committee , she is now Associate Director of Junior-Year Writing for the UMass Writing Program.  She has an MFA in creative writing (UMass) and a graduate Diploma in Science, DipSci (Otago University, New Zealand). Her first book, THE WHALE ROAD, is a creative nonfiction tale of low adventure and high science in the South Pacific  (Random House, NZ, 2004; Blake, UK, 2007), which received a Pushcart Nomination and was listed as a Notable Book in the 2005 Kiriyama Prize. She has publications with (among others) Fourth Genre, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Isotope, Identity Theory, several Fish Publishing literary competition anthologies (Cork University), The Café Review, Route 9, and most recently Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet No. 33.  In a literary attempt to save the world, she’s currently writing gender-bender post-apocalyptic speculative fiction. Meanwhile, she keeps her day-job.

PUBLICATIONS as of Fall 2017


WHALE ROAD made  Top 10 for the SFWP 2017 Literary Awards Program! Love those guys. They published a chapter of the book long before it was published by Random NZ (see “FRESH BONES” below) . Would love to have it published in this country at long last. Will have to wait and see. In the meantime, we’re working away on what and who to submit our experimental JELLYFISH DREAMING graphic novel to. It’s a different market than I’m used to, and lots of fun to explore. 






  • ICE (2018). [Short Story version, 5000 words], illustrated by Mike Bukowick. Requested by Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF) Grant Recipients for a fundraiser Donor Package (limited private distribution).
  • JELLYFISH DREAMING, (July 2015). [Short story version, 5000 words] Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet (LCRW #33), Small Beer Press, Northampton, MA.
  • THE GREENING, in Route 9, (2014) Alumni Omnibus anniversary edition. Nonfiction.
  • THE HALF-INCH GIANT,” (June 2011). Festschrift to Agha Shahid Ali, The Cafe Review, Greater Portland, Maine.
  • BREATHING AIR, (Winter 2009). Potash Hill, Marlboro College, Vt.
  • SUN CHASERS, (2004). Isotope: A Journal of Literary Nature & Science Writing,Utah State University, Issue 2.1
  • SEA CHANGE, (Winter 2003). Potash Hill, 2.1, Marlboro, College, Vt.
  • SEA CHANGE, (2001). William Faulkner Award for Short Story, compiled. Tallahatchie River Festival, New Albany, MS.
  • FRESH BONES, (2003). SFWP Literary Journal, Santa Fe Writers Project.
  • PREACHING GEESE & THE WALLABY MARTYR, (April 2002), CRATE, UMass, Amherst.
  • HUNGER FISH, (July 2002), Hayden’s Ferry Review, Issue #30.
  • HUNGER FISH, second rights, (2002), Rosebud, Cambridge, WI, Issue #25.







  • THE ART OF LYING—Or Risking the Wrath of Oprah. Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction 10.1 (2008): 147-151. [Comments on the Form – Creative Nonfiction]. Also in Project MUSE. Web. 29 Mar. 2014 <>. Purchased 2018 by Pearson Education, for use in online custom course packs for instructors: Pearson Collections.
  • TREASURED ITEM, Journal of the Write Angles Conference, 2018, May 20th, 2018.
  • TO MARCH: Tramp, Trudge, Protest, Picket, Advance, Progress, Step-Out, Strut, SwaggerJournal of the Write Angles Conference 2017, Nov. 16th, 2017.
  • FALLING, [Flash Memoir]. Journal of the Write Angles Conference 2016, accepted Sept. 19th, 2016.
  • HIDDEN DANGERS IN OUR WATER (Monday, June 20th, 2016) The Recorder:
  • WHALE FORCE WINDS, (April 2007). Identity [nonfiction].
  • WHALE WINDS, (1996). The Right Whale Research Newsletter, vol. 5. 2. p.2. Edgerton Research Lab, New England Aquarium, Boston, MA.
  • INVITING POLLUTION WITHIN, (Oct., 1993). [Feature], New Zealand Science Monthly. Archived (2007):
  • TEACHER/TUTOR INTERACTION, (2007). [A Balfour Grant manual] BayPath College, MA.

Wildlife Management Reports on file with: Otago University Science Library, The Department of Conservation, & The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, New Zealand (1993):

Newspaper Articles:

Freelance feature articles on the Arts and Sciences since 1987: Hampshire Gazette, Heath Herald, Greenfield Recorder & The Boston Tab. Otago Daily Times, New Zealand, 1993, West County News [Shelburne correspondent] 2004-2005, & The Independent,(for an example scroll to pg. 5 “A Ten Year Plan: What will we do locally about global warming?”) 2006-2007.