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Kathryn Kysar

Kathryn Kysar

Author's Bio

Kathryn Kysar is the author of two books of poetry, Dark Lake and Pretend the World, and she edited the anthology Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers. She has received fellowships and residencies from Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Oberholtzer Foundation, and the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Kysar has served on the board of directors for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and Rain Taxi Review. She has a B.A. from Hamline University and an M.F.A. from Wichita State University. She chairs the creative writing program at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, writes book reviews for the Minneapolis Star and Tribune, and teaches classes at Hamline University and the Loft Literary Center.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Pretend the World (Holy Cow! Press, 2011), Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2008), Dark Lake (Loonfeather Press, 2002)
Prizes:
Selected Arts Grants, Awards, and Residencies: • Mallard Island residency. The Oberholtzer Foundation. August 2014. • Mallard Island Individual Artist residency. The Oberholtzer Foundation. July 2013. • Tofte Lake Center. Individual Artist Residency. June 2013. • Artist Initiative grant. Minnesota State Arts Board Grant. 2013. • Cambria Eisteddfod poetry contest. Finalist. Sponsored by the League of Minnesota Poets and the Blue Earth County Historical Society. June 2012. • Madeline Island Center for the Arts. Writing Residency. July 2012. • Artists Initiative grant. Minnesota State Arts Board Grant. Finalist. 2011. • Cambria Eisteddfod poetry contest. Finalist. Sponsored by the League of Minnesota Poets and the Blue Earth County Historical Society. June 2011. • Artists Initiative grant. Minnesota State Arts Board Grant. Finalist. 2010. • Anderson Center for the Arts. Residency. October 2009. • Minnesota Women’s Press Changemakers Award. December 24, 2008. • Loft/McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers. Finalist. 2008. • Artists Initiative grant. Minnesota State Arts Board. 2008. • “What Light” poetry winner. mnartists.org. May 2007. • Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Residency. June 2005. • Honorable mention. Family Housing Fund Poetry Contest. August 2004. • Jerome/SASE Fellowship finalist. September 2002. • Writer-in-Residence. Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts. 2002-2003. • SASE 6th Annual Poetry contest. Honorable mention. Spring 2002. • Lake Superior Writer’s contest. Poetry winner. January 2002. • Jerome/SASE Fellowship finalist. September 2001.

Kathryn Kysar Resume

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Listing last updated: January 3, 2014

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
Feminist
Prefers to work with:
Any
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
Winfield, KS
Raised in:
Saint Paul, MN

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