Intimate, tender, at times funny and at others erotically charged, Porter’s poems remind us that it is in the everyday entaglements that we find poetry.
Cati Porter is founder and editor-in-chief of Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry and associate editor (poetry) for Babel Fruit. She is the author of two poetry collections, a chapbook of prose poems, small fruit songs (Pudding House Publications, 2008), and Seven Floors Up (Mayapple Press, 2008). Her poems have been anthologized in Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel — Second Floor (No Tell Books), Letters to the World: Poems from the Women’s Poetry Listserv (Red Hen Press), and White Ink: Poems on Mothers and Motherhood (Demeter Press/York University, Canada), and appear widely online and in print. Born and raised just outside of Los Angeles, California, her first real exposure to poetry came through the California Poets in the Schools program when she was in junior high, where she created her first “chapbook.” Over the years Cati has studied poetry with Christopher Buckley, Mark Doty, Beth Ann Fennelly, Richard Garcia, Jason Schneiderman, and Maurya Simon, in private workshops through the Idyllwild Summer Poetry program, Gotham Writers’ Workshops, and Tebot Bach. After years of marriage and childrearing, Cati applied to the MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles, requesting a waiver of the Bachelor’s degree requirement, which was granted. She is currently completing her first year. Projects Cati has been involved with include: panelist for the Riverside Public Library’s Business of Being A Writer seminar series, judge for the Corona Public Library’s teen poetry slams, the Riverside Humane Society’s Art for the Animals competition, and the Riverside Community Arts Association’s arts & literature competition, and book discussion moderator for the NEA/Riverside Arts Council/Inlandia Institute joint project The Big Read. She has taught poetry to teens through the Corona Public Library system, and is a member of the Riverside Cultural Consortium and the advisory council for the Inlandia Institute. Through Poemeleon, she hosts an annual summer reading at the Riverside Art Museum. Cati Porter currently lives in Riverside, California with her husband and two young sons.