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 Oberholtzer Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Kysar has served on the board of directors for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and was recently appointed to the Rain Taxi Review of Books board of directors. She has a BA from Hamline University and an MFA from Wichita State University. She chairs the creative writing program at Anoka-Ramsey Community College and writes book reviews for the Minneapolis Star and Tribune. She resides with her family in Saint Paul.