Cathryn Andresen At The Bell Arts Factory October 29, 2006
"My first night at the Bell Arts Factory, I heard Cathryn Andresen read a pantoum
and was mesmerized. That experience, in part, helped me realize some of the potential of
formal poetry in my own work. Tonight she read a wide range of forms: rhyming, free verse,
limericks, and kimo, showcasing poems largely forged in local workshops. The mood varied
from light sexy humor to aching trauma, and she demonstrated a strong commitment to
vulnerability, insight, and craft."
Hello and Welcome!
This web site is a new place for me, both as poet and webmaster. It's a work in progress, just
as am I. I’m interested in relationships nouns - common and proper. An oriole and a
woman, mathematics and romance, the intersection of two streets and one poet, food and
argument – all great inspiration for poems. I write in free verse and a wide variety of formal forms. While some of my poetry has won awards and some have been published in poetry
journals, I most enjoy sharing my poetry and have been fortunate to have been invited to read at several Southern California poetry venues.
My home is in Ventura County, which has a vibrant community of poets. Their example and encouragement is beyond measure. I’m a long-time member of some terrific writing workshops,
and for several years I was the sometimes fearless leader of the small but mighty PoemCrafters Guild. In 2007 and 2008 I had the adventure of shepherding a book from the proposal stage through to publication and sales. “Quintessence – an Anthology”. Since then, I have had a sculptural piece of poetry, "SPINE-Paperback Centos" exhibited in "The Art of the Book III" show at the Artists Union Gallery in Ventura, California. (2010), and in 2013 my "Ditty Bag" chapbook was included in the "The Art of the Book IV" gallery show.
I'm very pleased to have published my first two chapbooks - one in traditional form (2010) ,
and the other a tiny bag filled with six tiny books filled with 47 ditties. My latest Penury Press publishing project was a chapbook, "We Go to a Fire" for my friend and very fine poet, Mike Faran.
I've had the pleasure of presenting poetry programs for adults, children and the poetry-resistant.
In 2012 I published "Poems to Read & Write", a little workbook for young children.
2013 brought an invitation to participate in Found Poetry Review's Pullitzer Remix. Each of 85 poets was assigned a Pulitzer Prize winning novel and tasked with creating thirty found poems from their source text - one for each day of April. My assigned novel was the 1919 winner, "The Magnificent Ambersons" written by Booth Tarkington. All the Pulitzer Remix poems appear on the official web site at http://www.pulitzerremix.com/
My e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org I’d enjoy hearing from you.
Workshops & Conferences
VCWC Fiction/Creative Non Fiction 2003 – present
Last Monday – Poetry Forms & Technique 2004 – present
PoemCrafters Guild – Host 2006 – 2011
VCWC Poetry Critique 2004 – 2006
Roe Estep’s B & N 2005 – 2006
Channel Islands University Slam Poetry 2007
with Paul Flores
Santa Barbara Writers Poetry Conference 2008
Moorpark College Poetry Workshop 2009 - 2010