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Katharyn Howd Machan

Author's Bio

Katharyn Howd Machan studied creative writing and literature at the College of Saint Rose and at the University of Iowa, taught college for five years, returned to graduate school for a Ph.D. in Interpretation at Northwestern University and, now as a full professor, has been teaching on the faculty of the Department of Writing at Ithaca College ever since. For many years she directed the national Feminist Women's Writing Workshops. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines (Nimrod, Yankee, The MacGuffin, Snake Nation Review, Hanging Loose, Dogwood, Runes, Slipstream, Beloit Poetry Journal, South Coast Poetry Journal, Hollins Critic, The Salmon, West Branch, Seneca Review, Louisiana Literature, etc.) and anthologies/textbooks (The Bedford Introduction to Literature, Poetry: An Introduction, Early Ripening: American Women’s Poetry Now, Sound and Sense, Writing Poems, Literature: Reading and Writing the Human Experience, etc.), and in 30 collections, most recently Belly Words: Poems of Dance (Split Oak Press, 2009), When She’s Asked to Think of Colors (Palettes & Quills Press, 2009), The Professor Poems (The Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2008). In 2000 she was awarded the Ann Stanford Poetry Prize from the University of Southern California by judge Dana Gioia for her poem “Tess Clarion: Redwing, 1888” and in 2006 the Luna Negra Prize from Kent State University for her poem “Gingerbread.” In 2002 she was named the first Poet Laureate of Tompkins County, New York. Her most recent book is ADRIENNE RICH: A TRIBUTE ANTHOLOGY, edited for Split Oak Press, 2012.

Publications and Prizes

ADRIENNE RICH: A TRIBUTE ANTHOLOGY (Split Oak Press, 2012), ONE FOR THE ROAD: STORIES FOR TEENAGERS WHOSE FAMILIES HAVE SUFFERED THE DISEASE OF ALCOHOLISM (anthology) (Split Oak Press, 2010), Redwing: Voices from 1888 (Foothills Publishing, 2005)
Bedford Introduction to Literature (St. Martin's Press, 2006), Sound and Sense (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 2006)
Beloit Poetry Journal, Louisiana Literature, Nimrod, Seneca Review, Yankee Magazine
Ann Stanford Poetry Prize LUNA NEGRA Poetry Prize Palettes & Quills Chapbook Prize

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
THE BEST OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, 2011 by Rich Horton, ed., THE TENTH OF DECEMBER by George Saunders, current issue of POETS & WRITERS
Favorite Books:
TRANSFORMATIONS by Anne Sexton THE CRONE by Barbara Walker all of Donna Jo Napoli's re-workings of fairy tales
Favorite Authors:
I would need many pages....

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Listing last updated: October 11, 2013

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Fiction Writer, Poet
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Czech American
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Born in:
Woodbury, CT
Raised in:
Woodbury, CT

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