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Photo credit: Josh Theus
Photo credit: Josh Theus

Cass Donish is a queer poet and writer from South Pasadena, California. Their third poetry collection, Your Dazzling Death, is forthcoming from Knopf in September 2024. 


They are the author of two previous poetry collections: The Year of the Femme (University of Iowa Press, 2019), chosen by Brenda Shaughnessy as winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize and shortlisted for the Julie Suk Award; and Beautyberry (Slope Editions, 2018). Their nonfiction chapbook, On the Mezzanine (Gold Line Press, 2019), was chosen by Maggie Nelson as winner of the Gold Line Press Chapbook Competition.


An interdisciplinary writer, educator, editor, and performer, Donish has writing appearing or forthcoming in American Poetry ReviewCincinnati Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Gettysburg Review, Guernica, Poem-a-Day, Texas Review, Tupelo QuarterlyVICE, and elsewhere. A founding editor of The Spectacle, Donish earned an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, where they received an Olin Fellowship and served as the Junior Fellow in Poetry. With an MA in cultural geography from the University of Oregon and a PhD in English from the University of Missouri, Donish has taught creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Missouri, Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop, and Ashland University's low-residency MFA program. Their current writing explores grief, queer love, suicide loss, ecology, and young widowhood. They live in Columbia, Missouri with their partner and three cats.

Donish's work was formerly being published under the name Cassie Donish.

Email: cassdonish { a t } gmail { d o t } com

Representation: Julia Eagleton of Janklow & Nesbit

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