Kathryn Kysar is the author of two books of poetry, Dark Lake and Pretend the World, and she edited the anthology Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers. She has received fellowships and residencies from Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, and she recently served on the board of directors for the Association of Writers. She has a B.A. from Hamline University and an M.F.A. from Wichita State University. She chairs the creative writing program at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Minneapolis and lives with her family in Saint Paul.