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Fiction Writer, Poet
I am a current MFA candidate. I have recently completed a collection of short stories and a poetry manuscript. I am at work on a novel.
Author of two book collections with New Rivers Press and six chapbooks. Ann Stanford Poetry Prize winner, several state arts board awards, a MacDowell Colony fellowship, and Milwaukee dance company performances of several poems. Professor Emeritus.
Cathryn Cofell is the author of six chapbooks, most recently Split Personality with Karla Huston (sunnyoutside, 2012). A collection called Sister Satellite is forthcoming from Cowfeather Press. You'll most likely find her in a Midwest bar or coffee shop, performing poems set to the music of Obvious Dog, including tracks from Lip, their debut CD. Her work is frequently published and has garnered numerous awards including multiple Pushcart nominations. Cofell is a tireless advocate for the power of poetry, including efforts as the founder and current chair of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission; she has also helped to launch and grow, among others, the WI Fellowship of Poets, Verse Wisconsin, the Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective, the Fox Cities Book Festival, the WFOP Chapbook Prize and the Harmony Café Poetry Series.