events, news, etc.


Penn State Altoona
Altoona, PA
12:15 PM

Earth Day Reading
Talbot Library
Easton, MD
2:00 PM

Mississippi Young Writers Poetry Festival
Mississippi State University
Starkville, MS
9:30 AM

Commencement Address
Susquehanna University
Selinsgrove, PA
1:00 PM

Mississippi Whole Schools Summer Institute
University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS


Catherine has been named an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow.

Catherine has been named the new Poet Laureate of Mississippi!

Danger Days has won the 2021 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Prize.

Book news! Catherine’s new book, DANGER DAYS, was published by Saturnalia Books in October 2020.

Entreaty,” originally published in 32 Poems, won a 2021 Pushcart Prize.

Catherine received a Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Artist Fellowship.

Catherine was named a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow.

“In Praise of the Horror Movie” won the Copper Nickel Editors’ Prize in Poetry.

“I Kept Getting Books About Birds,” originally published in The Gettysburg Review, won a 2019 Pushcart Prize.

The Tornado Is the World won the 2017 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Prize.

Catherine’s work won a 2015 Sustainable Arts Foundation Award.

“The Mother Warns the Tornado” was made into a short film by Isaac Ravishankara through Motionpoems. Watch it here.

“Relevant Details,” originally published in Pleiades, was selected for The Best American Poetry 2015.

“Dear Atom Bomb” was featured on the PBS NewsHour site.

Reviews & Interviews

Danger Days reviewed in:

EcoTheo Review


RHINO Poetry

Action Books

The Clarion-Ledger

The Tornado Is the World reviewed in:

San Francisco Chronicle

Chicago Review of Books

Publishers Weekly

The Rumpus

Interview with Susan Elliot Brown for the Best American Poetry blog.

Interview with Stacey Balkun for The Normal School.

The Girls of Peculiar has gone into a second printing.

The Girls of Peculiar won the 2013 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Prize.

Review of The Girls of Peculiar in the The Kenyon Review.

Review of The Girls of Peculiar in Diode.