Cathy Cultice Lentes is a poet, essayist, and children’s writer. She has been writing and publishing since the age of eight when her first poem appeared in a small-town Ohio newspaper. She was born in Xenia and grew up near Springfield. Since 1987, she has lived and worked in the Appalachian foothills of southeast Ohio, a few winding miles from the Ohio River, halfway between Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.
Lentes’ work appears in various literary journals, magazines, and anthologies including Every River on Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio (Ohio University Press, 2015) and Quarried: Three Decades of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel (Dos Madres Press, 2015). Lentes served as a juror for the 2015-2016 reading series of the Women of Appalachia–Women Speak Project and has been a longtime participant. In 2003, community and state officials recognized her as a Woman Making a Difference in the Arts. Lentes is a 2013 graduate of the Solstice MFA Program of Pine Manor College and the author of the poetry chapbook, Getting the Mail (Finishing Line Press, 2016)