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Kathy Nelson is a poet living in Asheville, North Carolina.
With Master's Degrees from the Universities of Texas and
Utah and from Union Theological Seminary, she has worked
as an engineer, a teacher, and a chaplain. Her first chapbook,
Cattails, was released in June, 2013, by Main Street Rag
http://mainstreetrag.com/bookstore/product/cattails/). Her new
chapbook, Whose Names Have Slipped Away has been accepted
for publication by Finishing Line Press and is scheduled for release
October, 2016. (Preorder at www.finishinglinepress.com.) Her poems
have appeared or are forthcoming in
The Cortland Review, Kakalak,
The Edison Literary Review, Exit 13, The Great Smokies Review, 
Off the Coast, The Paterson Literary Review,
Poets Online,
Shot Glass
Journal, Switched on Gutenburg, Wild Goose Poetry Review
US 1 Worksheets, and other print and online journals.



Kathy Nelson’s work ministers to the deep places within us; she explores difficult interpersonal arenas with conviction and courage. Her poems are well-crafted, incisive, her narratives compelling.  There is one poem in particular, Friends, about a snake, whose imagery is so richly powerful it made me green with envy.  Anyone who has a chance to read this book is lucky, indeed. 

- Tina Barr, Author of Kaleidoscope

In Kathy Nelson’s exquisitely expressive poems, nature becomes teacher. These brilliant distillations of moments in nature—a rain storm, an ice storm, a hurricane, a “snake coiled like a plate,” “a spider standing her ground,” “a robin drop[ping] down, / “sudden raptor to a rattling June bug,” the owl, “scouring/for warm blood on the ground”—mirror, and become metaphor for, the eternal struggles between daughters and mothers (and the specter of mother looms large), fathers, lovers, and that longing for rescue from “an infinite cascade into darkness.”

- Nancy Dillingham, Author of 1950