Big Tent: Catherine Anderson, Catherine Browder, and Satarah Wheeler
Catherine Anderson is the author of The Work of Hands (Perugia Press) and In the Mother Tongue (Alice James Books). Her third poetry collection, Woman with a Gambling Mania, appeared in 2014 with Mayapple Press and was named as one of the Kansas City Star’s top 100 books of the year. Poems and essays have appeared in the Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, the Midwest Quarterly, Imagination & Place, The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, The New Virginia Review and many others. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Gary Gildner Poetry Award offered by the I-70 Review, and in 2010, she won the Crab Orchard Review’s Richard Peterson Poetry Prize. For two decades she lived in Boston where she edited a community newspaper and taught English. She now lives in Kansas City where she has been working with the region’s refugee communities for over eleven years. Of Catherine Anderson’s second collection, The Work of Hands, poet Robin Becker wrote: “This poet’s vision of North American community challenges our expectations and rewards us with vivid imagery and the textured music of her lines.” Of In the Mother Tongue, Catherine Anderson’s first collection, the late poet Maxine Kumin wrote: “Everything Anderson has experienced or observed is rich material for her poetry. All of it is suffused with caring—a compassion that ideally knows no gender.”
Catherine Browder's award-winning stories have appeared widely, including Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, and Kansas City Noir. She has received fiction fellowships from the NEA and the Missouri Arts Council. Ploughshares recently published her novella, Café Deux Mondes, as an audio and E-book. Her most recent story collection, Now We Can All Go Home, is an homage to Chekhov.
Satarah Wheeler is a MFA candidate at The University of Kansas. She was raised in Branson, MO, and is currently working on a collection of poems based on household color marketing--including interior paint colors and cosmetic colors, to name a few. Her current poetic interests include trying to solve everything.