Catherine Pierce is the author of three books of poems: The Tornado Is the World (Saturnalia 2016), The Girls of Peculiar (Saturnalia 2012), and Famous Last Words (Saturnalia 2008), winner of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. Both The Tornado Is the World and The Girls of Peculiar won the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Prize. Pierce’s poems have been published in many journals and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, New England Review, FIELD, Pleiades, Gettysburg Review, Crazyhorse, and the 2019 Pushcart Prize anthology. Her essays appear in The New York Times, The Rumpus, The Millions, and River Teeth. In 2019, she was named a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow. She is professor of English and co-director of the creative writing program at Mississippi State University. Presented by the CU Denver English Department and Copper Nickle.