General Description of Work: Catron Grieves (Cherokee) is a publishing poet and short story writer. For more than ten years she has been in the Iowa Arts Council's Arts in Education Artists Roster. Catron is haled by her students for her innovative workshops where writers of all ambitions, abilities and ages learn to write with outrageous beauty, clarity and courage about their unique experience of place and memory.
Catron's publishing credits include a book of poetry, Moonrising, (Red Dirt Press, 1987) and a chapbook, A Terrible Foe This Bear, (Broncho Press, 1992). Her poetry and prose have been anthologized in Real Things, An Anthology of Popular Culture in American Poetry, (University of Indiana Press, 1999), Aniyunwiya/Real Human Beings, and Anthology of Contemporary Cherokee Prose, (Norton, 1997), The Iowa Review (University of Iowa, 1996), and Reinventing the Enemy's Language (Greenfield Review Press, 1995), and other journals and periodicals.
Bio: Catron has an MA in creative writing and an MA in African American world studies. Presently, Catron is engaged in Interdisciplinary scholarship at the University of Iowa and continues to write.
Services Offered 1: 1) Workshops and Seminars (education) - Participants are encouraged to tap their own memories and personal experience as a way to focus and develop their writer's voice. Workshop projects may include autobiography, memoir, fiction and poetry. Fiction, nonfiction and poetry writing sessions may include topics related to local history, American Indian culture and literature, African American studies and American culture studies. Catron always offers plenty of practical tips about how to get creative writing published. Workshops and seminars for continuing education credit for teachers are offered by arrangement with local school districts, education agencies or colleges.
2) Readings and Collaborations (readings) - Catron enjoys artistic collaboration with other writers and artists. For example, she looks forward to future work with fellow Iowa artists Darrell Taylor (a performance and video artist) and Mark McCusker (choreographer, video artist).
3) Consulting Services - Individual writers, writers' clubs, education agencies, corporate training scripts, libraries. Advises community ethnography and folklore projects. Writes for hire.