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, Tofte Lake Center, the Oberholtzer Foundation, and Write On, Door County. Her poems, book reviews, travel articles, and essays have been published in the Great River Review, Minneapolis Star TribuneMinnesota Women’s PressMiznaThe MollyhouseMom Egg ReviewPermafrostSlag Glass CityStone Coast Review,The Under Review, and many other magazines and anthologies.  She has a B.A. from Hamline University and an M.F.A. from Wichita State University. She is the founder of the creative writing program at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, and she has served on the boards of directors for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and Rain Taxi. She performs with the Sonoglyph Collective, a poetry/improvisational jazz group, and resides 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


  • Write On, Door County. Residency.(2022)
  • Tofte Lake Center. Residency.(2021)
  • Individual Artist Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board.(2013)
  • Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.(2009)
  • Minnesota Women's Press Changemakers. Award(2008)


  • Founder, Creative Writing at Anoka-Ramsey Community College
  • Manuscript Consultant at Loft Literary Center


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

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry