Kathryn Winograd, a poet and essayist, is the author of seven books, including her upcoming poetry chapbook, Flying Beneath the Dog Star: Poems from the Pandemic, a semi-finalist for the Finishing Line Press’ 2020 Open Chapbook Contest. Flying Beneath the Dog Star will be published in January 2022. Her most recent collection of essays, Slow Arrow: Unearthing the Frail Children, was awarded a Bronze Medal in Essay for the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards and was a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist for Essay and a finalist for the Colorado Author League Book Award. Her first collection of essays, Phantom Canyon: Essays of Reclamation, was a finalist in the Foreword Reviews 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards. Air Into Breath, her first book of poetry, an alternate for the Yale Series for Younger Poets, was a Colorado Book Award Winner.
Her other books include a teaching resource book on poetry, Stepping Sideways Into Poetry Writing: Practical Lessons, published by Scholastic, and two books on online teaching and learning published by McGraw Hill.
Her essays have been noted in Best American Essays, and published in journals and anthologies including Arts & Letters, Fourth Genre, Hotel Amerika, River Teeth, The Florida Review, Essay Daily, Puerto del Sol, Literary Mama, and The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers of/on Creative Nonfiction, 6th edition. Her articles have been published in number of magazines including The Herbal Companion, Converge magazine, Iris: A Journal About Women, Bloomsbury Review, Mountain Living, Natural Homes Magazine, and Winds of Change .
Her poetry has received three Pushcart Prize nominations and a Special Mention in Pushcart Prize XXXVIII. Poems have won the Chautauqua Literary Journal’s Poetry contest on War and Peace and the Writers Digest Annual Writing Competition for non-rhyming poetry and appeared over the years in numerous literary journals including TriQuarterly, The Denver Quarterly, The Colorado Review, The Journal, The Antioch Review, Kalliope, The Ohio Review, The Cincinnati Review, Water-Stone, Poets Laureate, Weber Studies and The New Yorker and Cricket Magazine
Kathy has been a longtime educator and arts advocate, teaching creative writing for over 35 years to writers of all ages and experiences. She has been a recipient of a Colorado Artist Fellowship in Poetry, a Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute Associateship, and a co-winner of a Colorado Endowment for The Humanities Grant for her work with the Colorado Center for the Book (Colorado Humanities) on the River of Words project. As English Faculty and Chair for Arapahoe Community College, Kathy developed and expanded its Creative Writing focus, ACC’s Writers Studio, and the Progenitor Art & Literary Journal. She taught poetry and creative nonfiction for Ashland University’s low residency MFA program for ten years and then for Regis University’s Mile High MFA for 5 or 6 years until recently. She holds a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Denver and a MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa.
She recently earned the Denver Audubon’s Certificate for Community Naturalists. And she has begun publishing photographs, nearly all from the South Platte River and along Phantom Canyon near Victor, Colorado. Her first cover photo appeared on Green Briar Literary Journal.
A note from me: I have two wild life cameras on the land we have borrowed for this lifetime, in special gullies that animals seems to feel protected in. From those cameras, I have seen bobcat and mountain lion, bear and elk and other creatures I never knew I shared this small plot of land with.
Scientists estimate that 90% of Europeans and Americans don’t know the natural night sky, so I am continuously grateful to have had the opportunity to hear a coyote crescendo at any time of the night or to see the far snow of a mountain peak burn at dawn or watch the haze of that Silver River/Way of Birds/Sea of Milk that we call the Milky Way.