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“If we face the fact, for it is a fact, that there is no arm to cling to, but that we go alone and that our relation is to the world of reality and not only to the world of men and women, then the opportunity will come and the dead poet who was Shakespeare’s sister will put on the body which she has so often laid down. Drawing her life from the lives of the unknown who were her forerunners, as her brother did before her, she will be born.”
- Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
Cate Whetzel has her M.F.A. from Indiana University. She taught poetry in Chicago as a Poet in Residence with the Poetry Center of Chicago, then followed up teaching at an independent high school in metro Detroit. Her poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, The National Poetry Review, Gargoyle Magazine, Damselfly Press, New South, The Louisville Review, and elsewhere. She creates museum programs and events for the T.C. Steele State Historic Site, a memorial dedicated to the American Impressionist and Hoosier Group painter in Nashville, Indiana. She lives in Bloomington with her husband, poet Ben Debus, and their children.