Catherine Pierce is the author of three books of poems: The Tornado Is the World (Saturnalia 2016), The Girls of Peculiar (Saturnalia 2012), and Famous Last Words (Saturnalia 2008), winner of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. Both The Tornado Is the World and The Girls of Peculiar won the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Prize. A chapbook, Animals of Habit (Kent State University Press), was published in 2004. Catherine Pierce’s poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry (2015 and 2011), American Poetry Review, Slate, Boston Review, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, FIELD, A Public Space, Orion, The Cincinnati Review, Gulf Coast, The Normal School, Blackbird, diode, Pleiades, Gettysburg Review, Crazyhorse, and elsewhere. Originally from Delaware, Pierce earned her B.A. from Susquehanna University, her M.F.A. from the Ohio State University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. She now lives in Starkville, Mississippi, where she is an associate professor and co-director of the creative writing program at Mississippi State University.
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