Photo by Will Sardinsky

A longtime educator and arts advocate, Kathryn Winograd is the author of seven books, including Air Into Breath, an alternative for the Yale Series for Younger Poets and a Colorado Book Award Winner, and Slow Arow: Unearthing the Frail Children, awarded a Bronze Medal in Essay for the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards.   Flying Beneath the Dog Star Poems from a Pandemic, released in 2022, was a semi-finalist for the Finishing Line Press’ 2021 Open Chapbook Contest.  Her first collection of essays, Phantom Canyon: Essays of Reclamation, was a Foreword Indies Book of the Year Finalist. Her essays have been noted in Best American Essays, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and published in numerous journals including Terrain.org, Fourth Genre, Hotel Amerika, River Teeth, The Florida Review, Essay Daily, and The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers of/on Creative Nonfiction, 6th edition. Her award-winning poetry has been published in places as diverse as The New Yorker and Cricket Magazine and received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations and a Special Mention in Pushcart Prize XXXVIII . Winograd was a founding faculty member for the Ashland University MFA and taught poetry and creative nonfiction for Regis University’s Mile High MFA. She received her Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Denver and an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Iowa.

In the past few years, she has earned the Denver Audubon’s Certificate for Community Naturalist and begun a journey as an amateur photographer. Her first cover photo appeared on Green Briar Literary Journal 8.1.

Note from me! I have two wildlife cameras on the land we have borrowed for this lifetime in special gullies that animals seem to feel protected in. From those cameras, I have seen bobcats and mountain lions, bear and elk and other creatures I never knew I shared this 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 night or to see the snow of a mountain peak burn at dawn or watch the haze of the Milky Way we once called Silver River/Way of Birds/Sea of Milk. We all walk here!