Cathryn Essinger is the author of three books of poetry--A Desk In The Elephant House, which won the Walt McDonald First Book Award from Texas Tech University Press, and My Dog Does Not Read Plato, which was the runner up in the Main Street Rag book competition in 2004. Her third book, What I Know About Innocence, is also from Main Street Rag press, and includes a video poem produced by her son, David, a fiction writer and editor of Slippery Elm, published by The University of Findlay.
Essinger’s poems have been anthologized in The Poetry Anthology: 1912-2002, Poetry Daily: 366 Poems, and in O Taste and See: Food Poems. Her work has been featured on the Writer’s Almanac, nominated for Pushcarts, and Best of the Net. Her poems have appeared in such places as Poetry, The Southern Review, New England Review, and Quarterly West, as well as PANK and Midwest Gothic. She received an Ohio Arts Council grant and was Ohio’s Poet of the Year in 2005. She is a retired professor of English who still teaches poetry workshops. She is currently writing about the WWII generation and raising Monarch butterflies in order to preserve the migration from Mexico to the Midwest.