Author photo: close-up of blonde woman wearing round rimmed glasses and a light floral shawl.


Cat Russell shares her life with her high school sweetheart, their son, and another ferocious creature in the wilds of Ohio while writing stories, composing poetry, and learning more about the craft every day. Her work has been published in print and online, and she is the author of four books: Soul Picked Clean (March 2019),  An Optimist’s Journal of the End of Days and Other Stories (August 2020), and Pinholes: Traveling through the Curtain of the Night (November 2021, Writing Knights Press). Her latest book is her poetry collection, Kaleidoscope, published September 2022 via Venetian Spider Press.


Publishing History

July 2010

Flash Me magazine (issue #29)


— Doomed*

August 2010

The Best of Friday Flash: Volume One (anthology)

— A Hell of a Job (flash fiction)*


February 2012

Metro Fiction

— Dream Guy (short story)*


April 2012

Beyond Centauri

— Red Riding Hood Revised (flash fiction)*


May 2012

Twisted Tales (anthology from Raging Aardvark)

— Calico (flash fiction)*


October 2012

The Best of Friday Flash: Volume Two (anthology from eMergent Publishing)

– Femme Fatale (flash fiction)*


July 2016

Poetry Quarterly: Summer 2016

— “Windings” (poem)

Three Line Poetry: issue #38

— “tercet #3” (poem)


June 2017

Twisted Tales 2016: Flash Fiction with a Twist (anthology from Raging Aardvark)

–Mirror (flash fiction)


March 2019

Soul Picked Clean

(book: poetry collection via Crisis Chronicles Press)


May 2019

Hessler Street Fair Poetry Anthology: 50th Anniversary  (Poetry anthology from Writing Knights Press)


November 2019

In Context: The Eclectic Works of The Write Stuff Writers Group  (anthology from Project 89 Media)

–Multiples of Six (flash fiction)


June 2020

Outdoor Voices in an Indoor World (video anthology via poet Keith Allison)

–contributed poems “Oasis” (32min 15sec) and “Social Distancing” (1 hour, 12 min, 13 sec)


July 2020

Thirteen Myna Birds (Summer flock via BloodPudding Press)

–“F bombs” and “Cheapskate Mid Life Crisis”


August 2020

An Optimist’s Journal of the End of Days and Other Stories

(book: short story collection via Venetian Spider Press)

*contains Pushcart nominated storyThe Tree of Good and Evil


January 2021 

Thirteen Myna Birds (first issue of 2021 via BloodPudding Press)

–“the poisoned mouse” and “Inside Out”


September 2021

VALA Convergence Project  (as part of “an Auditory and Literary component of the Visual art exhibition, “Convergence” on view at the George Schlegel Gallery in Roeland Park, KS through October 1, 2021.”)

–Day 27: “Bookstore Quarantine” and “The Man with the Oxygen Tube”

In Review: The Eclectic Works of The Write Stuff Authors Group

–“The New Norm,” “Flawed Beauty,” and “What The Poet Sees”

–poetry editor 


November 2021

Pinholes: Traveling Through the Curtain of the Night 

(book: humorous scifi novel via Writing Knights Press)


December 2021

Common Threads 2021 (annual anthology via Ohio Poetry Association)

–“Used Graveyard”


September 2022 

Kaleidoscope: The poetry of Cat Russell 

(book: poetry collection via Venetian Spider Press)

*contains Pushcart nominated poemsBackyard” and “A Prayer for Poets


*The published flash stories previously appeared on my former Ganymeder blog, as well as the short story, “Dream Guy.”


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