Catherine Strisik is an American poet, and author of most recently, The Mistress (3: A Taos Press, 2016), winner of the 2017 New Mexico Book Award in Poetry, and from which one of the poems was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the author of Thousand-Cricket Song (2010; 2nd edition, 2016 Plain View Press), and a manuscript-in-progress, Insect Poems.
Active in the Taos poetry community for over 34 years, Strisik’s poems appear in Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Poet Lore, Drunken Boat, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Kaleidoscope, Tusculum Review, and elsewhere, and have been translated into Persian and Greek. Strisik has received grants, honors and prizes from CutThroat, Peregrine, and Comstock Review, The Southwest Literary Center, The Puffin Foundation, as well as residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Truchas Peaks Place, and Christ in the Desert Monastery.
Jagged and lyric, brave, modern, mythic, Strisik’s poetry beholds; feels a world at all times intimate—a “sublumen,” moving, phenomenological. Voicing by, and into, “the exactness of flesh,” Strisik is that rarer poet, the grounded mystic, she who writes through and about love, loss, in the spirit-moment of flesh, “suffering beauty,” discovering “in tongues there is terrible light” in the illuminated body of ironia, paradox, eros.
— ’Annah Sobelman, In the Bee Latitudes
Catherine is co-editor of Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art (www.taosjournalofpoetry.com), Strisik also teaches privately and is available for readings, workshops, and interviews. She lives in San Cristobal, New Mexico where she manages the San Cristobal Writers Retreat. (coming soon!)