Catherine Rankovic

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Pacific, MO
Missouri US

Author's Bio

M.F.A. Washington University in St. Louis. After 31 years of teaching undergraduate and graduate university courses I am a full-time researcher and writer and well-established Sylvia Plath scholar. Author of the poetry volumes Fierce Consent (2005) and Hide and Sex (2015); author nonfiction works Island Universe: Essays and Entertainments (2007), Meet Me: Writers in St. Louis (2010), and, under pseudonym, Sun Sign Confidential (2015), and Tetrabiblos for the 21st Century (2023).

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Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Meet Me: Writers in St. Louis (PenUltimate Press, 2010)


Fierce Consent (Wingspan Press, 2005)
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Prizes won: 

2020, Wednesday Club Poetry Contest; 2010, First Place, James H. Nash contest, St. Louis Poetry Center; 2009: First Place, Midwest Center for the Arts Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest; third place, James H. Nash contest, St. Louis Poetry Center; 2009, 2006: selected in Arts in Transit competition; 1994: $5,000 prize for creative nonfiction in Missouri Biennial competition; 1990-91: Washington University Teaching Fellowship in Poetry; 1987: Academy of American Poets Award

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
George Orwell, Sylvia Plath, James Baldwin, Mary McCarthy, Galway Kinnell
What I'm reading now: 
Alice Walker: A Life by Evelyn C. White, Mothers of the Mind: Woolf, Christie, Plath by Rachel Trethewey, And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle by Jon Meacham, The World According to Colour: A Cultural History by James Fox, The Radical Wordsworth by Jonathan Bate

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Racine, WI
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Last update: Dec 29, 2023