Katharine Whitcomb

Katharine Whitcomb is the author of a collection of poems, Saints of South Dakota & Other Poems, which was chosen by Lucia Perillo as the winner of the 2000 Bluestem Award and published by Bluestem Press, two poetry chapbooks, Hosannas (Parallel Press, 1999) and Lamp of Letters (Floating Bridge Press, 2009), winner of the 2009 Floating Bridge Chapbook Award. She is the co-author, with artist Brian Goeltzenleuchter, of The Art Courage Program (Jaded Ibis, 2014), a parody self-help book/art piece. She is the co-editor of A Sense of Place: The Washington State Geospatial Poetry Anthology, and the founding co-editor of Cascadia Chronicle: A Geospatial Journal of Place, Environment and Imagination. Whitcomb was a Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, and had fellowships in poetry at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She has attended residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, La Muse in Labastide Esparbairenque, France, and the Whiteley Center on San Juan Island, WA. She has had work published in many journals including The Paris Review, Poetry Northwest, and Narrative, and in anthologies, including Fire On Her Tongue, and Making Poems. She teaches at Central Washington University and lives in Ellensburg, Washington. 

Books by Katharine Whitcomb for the Backwaters Press

The Daughter’s Almanac 

Author: Katharine Whitcomb
Format: Paperback, 80 pages
ISBN: 1935218387
Published: October 2015

Buy This Book: Amazon – Small Press Distribution

Critical Praise for Katherine Whitcomb’s The Daughter’s Almanac

“With unflinching stanzas threaded through with grief’s relentless lyric, The Daughter’s Almanac is a masterwork, a deftly-crafted illustration of the myriad ways beauty collides with pain. Succinct and utterly memorable, these poems take hold of the heart and tug it toward an insistent light. We are washed alive in that light. We are changed by it.”

—Patricia Smith, 2014 Backwaters Prize Judge

“Katharine Whitcomb’s poems in The Daughter’s Almanac braid the inner and outer seasons. Elegiac, meditative, and lyrical, and with elegant formal variety, she writes at the liminal edge between presence and absence. With a keen, observant power, where ‘a slice of time’ is ‘vibrating and open-ended,’ she writes a poetry of acuity and grace.”

—Arthur Sze

“In The Daughter’s Almanac, Katharine Whitcomb meditates on the nature of solitude, while showing us the consolation of a life of the mind, a life lived in art. The book begins with the death of the poet’s mother, and we progress through grief, toward life, toward love, toward a world rebuilt word by word and fashioned into poems that radiate from a mind full of such humanity, such thoughtfulness and empathy that I am in awe. This book reminds us why poetry remains alive, how the power of a radiant imagination can make us whole again.”

—Mark Wunderlich