About Cati Porter

Cati Porter is a native southern Californian who has been writing and publishing for three decades. Her most recent books include The Body at a Loss (CavanKerry Press, 2019) and the collaborative chapbook Slow Unraveling of Living Ghosts, with Johnny Bender (Inlandia Books, 2020). 


Her poems have won prizes from So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art and Gravity & Light. She also writes the occasional essay, magazine article and newspaper column. 


She holds an MFA in poetry from Antioch University Los Angeles and is founder and editor of Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry and executive director of Inlandia Institute, a literary arts nonprofit. 


Currently she is at work on two new manuscripts: Some Distant Field, which explores  grief, violence, technology, and parenting; and Because the Dead Cannot Tie Their Shoes, a darkly humorous domestic fabulist exploration of modern life. 


For links to recent and selected work, click here.

Check out this mention by Nin Andrews on the Best American Poetry blog.

Photo credit: Scott Russell

Cover art for Seven Floors Up, My Skies of Small Horses, The Body at a Loss courtesy of Julie Heffernan.

Cover art for The Body, Like Bread courtesy of Lavina Blossom.

All three Dancing Girl Press chapbooks cover art courtesy of the author's sister, Amy Payne, including all illustrations for what Desire makes of us.

Slow Unravelling of Living Ghosts cover art and illustrations by Steve "Lu" Lossing.

Cati Porter is also

the granddaughter of Brad Keeler

Brad Keeler Artware