About Catherine

cover photoCatherine Staples grew up in Dover Massachusetts and still spends part of each summer on Cape Cod. Her poems and reviews have appeared in Poetry, Blackbird, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, Commonweal, Third Coast, The Michigan Quarterly Review, The Cincinnati Review, Rattle, and Quarterly West among other journals. Honors include the Dakin Fellowship from Sewanee Writer’s Conference, the New England Poetry Club’s Boyle/Farber Award, and the Southern Poetry Review’s Guy Owen Prize. She teaches in the Honors program at Villanova University and lives with her family in Devon, Pennsylvania.

Praise for The Rattling Window, winner of the McGovern Prize:

rw_cover_largeThe poems in The Rattling Window reveal an imagination caught up in the wondrous ordinariness of simply being, knowing how complicated in fact such simplicity is. Staples manages this magic by the quality of her attention, the articulate, luminous sympathy she brings to whatever her eye takes in. Whether it is a seashore, a field in winter, the “whiplong honeycomb casing of a snake,” or the astonishing, unforgettable thereness of a horse, it’s all illuminated by this poet’s “bright lines of light.” She speaks of “unearthly singing, just the wind in the ear of a whelk.” Of such singing–bringing the ordinary and the amazing into illuminating alignment–are these poems made.                   Eamon Grennan

Praise for Never a Note Forfeit winner of the Keystone Chapbook Prize:

angel-cover-final1.2There is an elegance of rhythm, astute observation of the natural world, a grace of metaphor in which landscape is transformed into emotional geography…The narrative is never overbearing but rather allowed to emerge and recede through the series. While a loved one’s life is at stake, that emotional drama is played out in tension with the beauty and ephemeral nature of landscape ….                                   – Betsy Sholl