Cati Porter


Riverside, CA

Author's Bio

A native southern Californian, Cati Porter is the author of eight books and chapbooks, including The Body at a Loss (CavanKerry Press, 2019). Her work has appeared in Verse Daily, Contrary, So to Speak, Crab Creek Review, Hartskill Review, MockingHeart Review, and others. Occasionally she writes essays and has work in Lady/Liberty/Lit, and The Manifest-Station. She is also founder and editor of the online literary journals Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry ( and Inlandia: A Literary Journey ( She holds an MFA from Antioch University, Los Angeles and is the Executive Director of the Inlandia Institute, a regionally-focused literary nonprofit.

Publications & Prizes

Women Write Resistance (Blue Light Press, 2013)
Letters to the World: Poems from the Women's Poetry Listserv (Red Hen Press, 2008)
White Ink: Poems on Mothers and Motherhood (Demeter Press, 2008)
Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel -- Second Floor (No Tell Books, 2007)
My Skies of Small Horses (WordTech Editions, 2016)
Seven Floors Up (Mayapple Press, 2008)
The Body, Like Bread (Finishing Line Press, 2016)
The Way Things Move The Dark (Dancing Girl Press, Chicago, 2013)
what Desire makes of us (Ahadada Books, 2011)
(al)most delicious (Dancing Girl Press, Chicago, 2010)
small fruit songs (Pudding House Publications, 2008)
Banyan Review
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Fringe Magazine
Literary Mama
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No Tell Motel
Poetry Magazine
Poetry Midwest
Poetry Southeast
Pomona Valley Review
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Vermilion Literary Project
Whale Sound
Wicked Alice
Prizes won: 

"Taking My Time", Day 1 Top 10 Finalist, Poetic Asides Blog April PAD Challenge 2014; “Miss Carriage”, Winner, So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art's annual poetry contest, 2010; “Greed”, Finalist, Crab Creek Review's annual Poetry Contest, 2010; “The origin of Desire,” “having at last left Desire behind” and “Angry Poem”: Top Five Finalists for Days 1, 6, & 19 respectively: Writers’ Digest/Poetic Asides Blog NaPoWriMo Poem-a-Day Challenge, 2009; “Administering My Dog’s Cancer Therapy, I Think about My Sons”: Winner, Gravity & Light Poetry Contest, 2006; “Where She Is” was shortlisted for The Binnacle (University of Maine, Machias) Ultra Short Competition, 2006.

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Last update: Feb 02, 2019