Kathrine Varnes

was born near Köln, Germany, on the day after John F. Kennedy was shot. From the age of four, she grew up in Los Angeles, learning to keep her cool around famous people. Some of her odd jobs have included filing engine gaskets, painting the names on racing sculls, and singing in bars.

Her book of poems, The Paragon (Word Tech 2005), contains a range of formal experimentations from the nonce to the avant garde, including a 43-sonnet crown in which two women who’ve never met chat on the phone about their mutual ex-husband. Recent poems have appeared in Valparaiso Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, Measure, Prairie Schooner and Black Clock. Her essays on contemporary poetry and feminism have appeared in various journals and collections including Connotations, After New Formalism, and Parnassus. Varnes is also co-editor with Annie Finch of An Exaltation of Forms: Contemporary Poets Celebrate the Diversity of their Art (University of Michigan Press 2002).

After earning her PhD from the University of Delaware, she spent several years teaching in Columbia, Missouri where her new play, Listen, was produced last June. She now lives on Long Island Sound, where she writes poems and plays and coordinates collaborative sonnet crowns.