Kathleen McClung is the author of Almost the Rowboat, a collection of poems published by Finishing Line Press in 2013. Her poetry, memoir, and fiction appear widely in journals and anthologies, including Atlanta Review, The Healing Muse, California Quarterly, Caesura, Unsplendid, Mezzo Cammin, Heron Tree, Tule Review, Poetry Now, Gyroscope Review, Poets 11, and A Bird Black as the Sun: California Poets on Crows and Ravens.
Recipient of the Rita Dove Poetry Award from Salem College 2012 International Literary Awards, Kathleen was also selected by Naomi Shihab Nye as the winner of the 2012 National Poetry Competition sponsored by the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. She has been a finalist for the Morton Marr, Margaret Reid, Elinor Benedict, and 49th Parallel poetry awards. Other recent awards include prizes from Connecticut River Review, Sacramento Poetry Center, Chicagoland Poetry Contest, Illinois State Poetry Society, Portland Branch of the National League of American Pen Women, Bay Area Poets Coalition, and Dancing Poetry Contest.
Kathleen has participated in panels and workshops at the Write on the Sound Conference, Litquake, Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, and Crossroads Irish-American Festival. She serves as a reviewer for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, sponsored by the Stanford University Libraries, as well as sponsor/judge of the sonnet category for the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition. She coordinates Women on Writing (WOW) community events each spring. In November 2014 she organized and hosted an Atlanta Review poetry reading of fellow northern California contributors. Publisher/editor Dan Veach participated in the celebration, which can be viewed on YouTube.
Kathleen has taught writing and literature classes at Skyline College in San Bruno, California for over fifteen years. Additionally, she leads writing workshops at the Writing Salon in San Francisco and Berkeley. She has inspired students across the lifespan from teens to elders in schools, colleges, universities, and adult education programs. For two years she served as a supervisor of student teachers enrolled in the Mills College teacher credential program, providing guidance and support in the transition from graduate students to classroom teachers in public high schools.
In addition to teaching, from 1992 to 2007 Kathleen worked as an editor at UCSF Nursing Press, Food First Books, and Westview Press, publishers of books for scholars, clinicians, and activists. As managing editor, she coordinated production, sales, and marketing of a wide assortment of titles and collaborated with teams of skilled editorial professionals.
A native of northern California, Kathleen also lived for several years in Colorado. She holds masters degrees from Stanford University and California State University Fresno where she studied with poets Alan Shapiro, Philip Levine, and Peter Everwine. Other mentors include novelist Steve Yarbrough, poet Holly J. Hughes, and memoirist Maureen Murdock. She is deeply grateful for the contributions of all of her teachers.