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Cassie Donish is a queer Jewish poet and writer, author of the poetry collections The Year of the Femme (University of Iowa Press, 2019), chosen by Brenda Shaughnessy as winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, and Beautyberry (Slope Editions, 2018). Donish's 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 thinker, geographer, and educator, Donish's writing has appeared in Best New Poets, The Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, Gettysburg Review, Guernica, Iowa Review, jubilat, Kenyon Review, Tupelo QuarterlyVICE, and elsewhere. Co-editor-in-chief of The Spectacle, Donish earned their MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, receiving an Olin Fellowship and serving as the Junior Fellow in Poetry. With a BA in English and comparative religions from the University of Washington and an MA in human geography from the University of Oregon, Donish currently teaches at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where they are pursuing a PhD in literature and creative writing. They grew up in South Pasadena, California.

Donish identifies as a nonbinary femme and uses they/them pronouns. (Some older bios and other public materials still say she/her.)

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

Represented by Julia Eagleton of The Gernert Company.