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Cathryn Andresen

Cathryn Andresen’s poetry reflects her interest in relationships between nouns—proper and common. Poet Robert Peake’s review of her reading at Bell Arts Factory stated “…she demonstrated a strong commitment to vulnerability, insight, and craft".   Cathryn’s poetry placed First in the Ventura County Writers Club’s poetry contest in 2006, 2007 and 2009, and earned Honorable Mentions in 2006 and 2007 from the California Writers Club’s Inland Empire Branch. Her publications include ASKEW, Windows, In the Spotlight, Fresh Ink and Naked Knuckle. Cathryn edited Quintessence – An Anthology (VCWC Press 2008) and published her first chapbook, human/Nature. She served as moderator on the poetry panel at the California Literary Arts Society’s Ventura Book Festival in 2010, and has been featured at numerous poetry venues.

Though Cathryn most often writes in free verse, she has also written in more than thirty formal forms. According to her, wooing the poetry-resistant at a reading is more fun and more productive than writing in iambic pentameter. Cathryn hosts The PoemCrafters Guild, a workshop formed in 2005 to go beyond critique and study by also providing poetry programs to schools and communities. “SPINE-Paperback Centos”, Cathryn’s first sculptural poetry, was included in The Art of the Book 3 exhibit at the San Buena Ventura Aritsts’ Union Gallery in 2010, and she says that, for her, incorporating poetry into sculpture is the next frontier. Cathryn manages activities at home, a small ranch in Ventura County. She would tell you “I live in a garden”.



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