Cathryn Cofell


Appleton, WI

Author's Bio

 Cathryn Cofell is the author of Stick Figure with Skirt, winner of the 2019 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award, Sister Satellite (Cowfeather Press), and six chapbooks including Split Personality with Karla Huston (sunnyoutside, 2012). You can also hear her perform her poems on Lip, with the music of Obvious Dog. Her work has been published in over 300 journals and anthologies and is the recipient of over 50 awards, including the Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award (2019), the Mill Prize for Poetry (2019), the Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award (2014) and multiple Pushcart nominations.

Cofell is a passionate advocate for the arts, with an emphasis on poetry. She was the founder and long-time chair of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission and also helped to launch and grow Poetry Unlocked, the WFOP Chapbook Prize, Verse Wisconsin, the Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective and the Fox Cities Book Festival.

Publications & Prizes

Stick Figure with Skirt (Main Street Rag, 2019)
Sister Satellite (Cowfeather Press, 2013)
Split Personality (Sunnyoutside Press, 2012)
Kamikaze Commotion (Parallel Press, 2008)
Sweet Curdle (Marsh River Editions, 2006)
Prizes won: 

The Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award, 2019; the Mill Prize for Poetry, 2019; the Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award, 2014; the Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry Prize, 2009; the Wisconsin Academy Best Poet Award, 1996 and 1997; the Jade Ring, 1993.

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Born in: 
Wausau, WI
Raised in: 
Rothschild, WI
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Last update: Dec 14, 2019