Cati Porter is a native southern Californian. She has been writing and publishing for three decades including three books and five chapbooks, most recently The Body at a Loss (CavanKerry Press, 2019) and the collaborative chapbook with Johnny Bender, Slow Unraveling of Living Ghosts (Inlandia Books, 2020). She is at work on two new manuscripts, Some Distant Field, which looks at issues surrounding being the parent of young adults and how that relates to personal identity and marriage; and Because the Dead Cannot Tie Their Shoes, which explores mortality as seen through a surrealist lens. 


Her poems have won prizes from So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art and Gravity & Light, been a finalist for competitions offered by Crab Creek Review, Elixir Press, the Poetic Asides blog, and The Binnacle. In 2018, MockingHeart Review nominated her poem "Match" for a Pushcart Prize. In 2020, Shark Reef, nominated her essay "Iterations of Loss" for a Pushcart Prize. Her poems have appeared in Verse Daily, Contrary, West Trestle, No Tell Motel, Harkskill Review, The Quotable Lit, The Nervous Breakdown, among others, including about a half dozen anthologies including Places We Return To, a 20th anniversary anthology of work published by CavanKerry Press.

Her double abecedarian appears in Gayle Brandeis' novel, Delta Girls. She also writes the occasional personal essay, magazine article, and book review. Find her in Salon, The Manifest-Station, Lady/Liberty/Lit, Shark Reef, Zocalo Public Square, and elsewhere.

Cati Porter is also the executive director of Inlandia Institute, an inland southern California literary nonprofit, and founder and editor of Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry.  Learn more about her work with Inlandia in the California Arts Council's Creative Uplift series, in a write up in the Los Angeles Review of Books, and in California Humanities' Virtual Programs, Real Conversations event. 

Links to recent work.


Cover art for Seven Floors Up, My Skies of Small Horses, The Body at a Loss, and the original cover art for Small Fruit Songs 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.

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