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Kathleen Dale

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Kathleen A. Dale was born in Kansas, though she has lived on the shore of Lake Michigan for many years. She and her husband have three grown daughters and two grandsons.

A Pushcart nominee, Dale’s full-length book of poetry, The Beautiful Unnamed (Zarigueya Press, 2015), is available from Amazon.com. She is also the recipient of numerous prizes and best-in-issue awards for her poems, which have appeared in dozens of journals and anthologies. She was nominated for inclusion in Best American Poetry 2014, and in Spring, 2013, was featured poet in The Centrifugal Eye’s “Sinkhole: Drowning or Surviving—Themes on Coping in Poetic Form.” 

Her previous works include Ties that Bind (Finishing Line Press, 2006), Rescue Mission (Antrim House Press, 2011), and Avatars of Baubo (Green Fuse Press, 2013). 

Her autobiography, Offerings: The Decluttering of a Life (2019), which chronicles, among other things, her sixty-year development as a poet, is dedicated to “those who have also sought answers and thereby created meaning.” In her introduction, she writes, “Based on twenty-seven years volumes of my journals from ages sixteen to seventy ... it became clear that several themes—childhood trauma and grief, creativity, spirituality, family relationships, being female—were all present and intricately related.”

For thirty years, she taught basic writing courses for non-traditional students at UWM and for returning adult students at Marquette. Today she is a professional editor and mentors private poetry clients, both face-to-face and though FaceTime or Messenger. See client comments, purchase her books, read her interviews, and communicate with her on her website at www.kathleenanndale.com.


Poet and journalist Ronnie Hess, as part of an "Art and Soul" series for WHA radio, Madison, in January of 1983, asks Kathleen about the process that led to one of her early poems, "Directions for Carving a Poem," which Kathleen reads.

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