bio

Pierce, b&wCatherine 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.

Pierce’s poems have been published in many journals and anthologies, including The Best American PoetryAmerican Poetry ReviewPloughsharesThe Southern Review, New England ReviewFIELD, Pleiades, Gettysburg ReviewCrazyhorse, and the 2019 Pushcart Prize anthology. Her essays appear in The New York Times, The Rumpus, The Millions, and River Teeth. In 2019, she was named a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow.

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.

(photo: Megan Bean / Mississippi State University)