Kate Cumiskey

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Edgewater, FL 32141

Author's Bio

Kate Cumiskey is a writer living and working in coastal Central Florida. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied with Mark Cox, Mark Doty, Clyde Edgerton, Philip Gerard, Phillip Furia and her mentor, the late Robert Creeley, whom she first met and worked with at Atlantic Center for the Arts. There, she also worked with Nick Flynn, Carolyn Kizer, and Peter Meinke, Florida's Poet Laureate. She is a retired Autism expert from the state department of education at the University of Central Florida, where she also taught nonfiction. She holds a Bachelor's in special education from the University of Florida. With her partner Mikel Cumiskey she has four sons. Kate teaches senior English at one of the top public high schools in the nation, where she spearheads efforts to meet the needs of both identified and unidentified homeless and self-supporting students, in and out of school. She leads the student writing club as well as the autism awareness and acceptance club.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

University of Central Florida Through Time (Arcadia Publishing, 2015)
Surfing in New Smyrna Beach (Arcadia Publishing, 2010)
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Mount Olive Review
Paragon Journal


The women who gave up their vowels (Finishing Line Press, 2021)
Blood Orange Review
Crosswinds Poetry Journal
FutureCycle Poetry
Green Briar Review
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Verse Wisconsin
Prizes won: 

Honorable mention Doug Draime Prize for Poetry

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Pat Frank Donna Tartt Elizabeth Bishop Maxine Kumin Anne Tyler
What I'm reading now: 
Please Write for Details by John D. MacDonald

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Born in: 
Birmingham, AL
Raised in: 
New Smyrna Beach, FL
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Last update: Aug 04, 2020