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Catherine Fletcher is a playwright, poet, and an editor for Rattapallax magazine.  She served for a decade as the Director of Poetry Programs at the New York-based organization, City Lore.   In that position she produced numerous programs highlighting New York City’s grassroots poetry and music traditions including but not limited to the POEMobile series, pairing building-sized poetry projections with live performances in different languages; the nationwide travelling exhibition Poetic Voices of the Muslim World; poetry dinners which featured epic traditions from West Africa as well as many events around New York including readings and performances at the United Nations, the Graduate Center at CUNY, and the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center.  In 2015 Catherine was a Queens Council on the Arts Artist Peer Circle fellow and was awarded an artist residency by the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild.  She is currently a New York Department of Cultural Affairs Su-Casa Artist-in-Residence and TWP Science and Religion fellow.  Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Hopkins Review, New Contrast, Poetry Wales, Bird’s Thumb, among others, and she has performed as a poet at venues in the United States, Mexico, and India.  

Prior to Catherine’s work in the poetry world, she spent four years as a theater artist in Southern California.  She was an ensemble member and Managing Director of the Los Angeles-based Ghost Road Company and served on the organizing committee of the Edge of the World Theater Festival.  Her plays have appeared on stage in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.  She lives in Jackson Heights, NY.

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