Catherine Bowman was born in El Paso, Texas. She is the author of five collections of poems: 1-800-HOT-RIBS, Rock Farm, Notarikon, The Plath Cabinet and Can I Finish, Please?. She is the editor of Word of Mouth: Poems featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. This anthology is a collection of the poems and poets she introduced to National Public Radio audiences, a regular feature on NPR for several years. Her poems have been selected for eight editions of the Best American Poetry series by editors such as A.R. Ammons, Donald Hall, James Tate, Paul Muldoon, Kevin Young, Yusef Komunyakaa, Sherman Alexie.
Catherine has taught poetry in the public schools, community workshops and has also directed the Indiana University MFA Creative Writing Program. She has collaborated with musicians, filmmakers, performance artists and scientist on a variety of projects. She has also produced and hosted a series of radio poetry segments called Poetry Sites, a community project focused on sharing a variety of voices and consciousness. She is currently working with a group of artists, poets, dancers and scientist on a project to increase awareness of urban waterways, funded by the National Science Foundation and Poets House. She received the Kate Frost Tufts Prize and a New York Foundation for the Arts Prize and other awards including a teaching award from Indiana University. She has taught poetry workshops at all levels in the U.S., Europe and China. She lives on a horse farm and wildlife refuge in Bloomington, Indiana and teaches literature, writing and poetry at Indiana University.