INTERVIEWS/ ESSAYS/READINGS OF POEMS
Two Poems with Poem Readings in The Maynard, April 2020
MIND/MATTER by FRED MARCHANT, CHARLES RIVER JOURNAL
CONVERSATION BETWEEN CATHERINE STRISIK & VASSILIKI RAPTI by VASSILIKI RAPTI, POETICANET
THINGS WE'RE DYING TO KNOW by NICOLE ROLLENDER
NEXT BIG THING
Catherine Strisik is a poet, and author of most recently, Insectum Gravitis (Main Street Rag, 2019), Finalist 2020 New Mexico Book Award in Poetry;
The Mistress (3: A Taos Press, 2016), Winner of the 2017 New Mexico/Az Book Award in Poetry, 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 recently completed manuscript, And They Saw Me Turn To Hear Them (currently semi-finalist for Philip Levine Prize in Poetry 2021).
Active in the Taos poetry community for over 38 years, she's been honored as Taos' Poet Laureate 2020-2022, and is a 2020 Taosena Award Recipient as one of Eight Women of Impact in Taos because of her literary contributions. 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 Lakkos Artists, Crete, Vermont Studio Center, Truchas Peaks Place.
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-founder and past co- editor of Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art (www.taosjournalofpoetry.com), on advisory board of Pocket Samovar (http://www.pocketsamovar.com/), teaches poetry workshops privately and small groups, and is available for readings and interviews. She lives in Taos, New Mexico.