Ms. Kathryn Kysar

Minnesota, United States

Member Since: 07/01/2012

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 the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Oberholtzer Foundation. Her poems have been heard on A Writer’s Almanac and have appeared in anthologies such as To Sing Along the Way and Good Poems, American Places. Kysar has served on the board of directors for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and Rain Taxi Review. She co-chairs the creative writing program at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, writes book reviews for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and teaches creative writing classes at Hamline University and the Loft Literary Center. Her latest project was a collaborative CD of poetry from Pretend the World. She lives in Saint Paul.




Twitter Username: @darklake


  • Pretend the World , Holy Cow! Press
  • Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers , Borealis Press
  • Dark Lake , Loonfeather Press


  • Individual Artist Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board(2013)
  • Oberholtzer Foundation Individual Artist Residency(2013)
  • Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.(2009)
  • Minnesota Women's Press Changemakers Award(2008)
  • Individual Artist Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board(2008)
  • SASE/Jerome Finalist. (2002)


  • Chair, Creative Writing at Anoka-Ramsey Community College
  • Adjunct, Creative Writing at Hamline University


  • Bachelor of Arts in English from Hamline University
  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Wichita State University

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry