Kathleen Lynch’s collection Hinge (2006) won the Black Zinnias Press National Poetry Book Competition (California Institute of Arts and Letters). Her chapbooks include How to Build an Owl (Select Poet Series Award, Small Poetry Press, 1995), No Spring Chicken (White Eagle Coffee Store Press Award, 2001), Alterations of Rising (Small Poetry Press Select Poet Series, 2001) and Kathleen Lynch – Greatest Hits (Pudding House Publications, 2002).

Her work (fiction and poetry) appears in several anthologies, including The Next River Over— A Collection of Irish American Writing (New Rivers Press), Times Ten: An Anthology of Northern California Poets (Small Poetry Press), Who are the Rich and Where Do They Live? (DePaul University Press), In a Fine Frenzy— Poets Respond to Shakespeare (University of Iowa Press), Birds in Hand— Fiction and Poetry about Birds (Farrar Straus & Giroux) and The Book of Irish American Poetry from the Eighteenth Century to the Present (University Press of Notre Dame). Her poems appear in many literary journals, including Poetry, Nimrod, Spoon River Poetry Review, Chariton Review, Runes, The Laurel Review, Poetry Northwest, The Midwest Quarterly, Two Rivers Review, Slipstream, Quarterly West, and The Midwest Review.

She received the Spoon River Poetry Review Editor’s Choice Award, the Salt Hill Poetry Award, Two Rivers Review Prize, Peregrine and Sow’s Ear prizes, and a Ucross Foundation Residency Fellowship. She worked as Coordinator of Writers in Performance, and Writers’ Workshops for San Jose Center for Poetry and Fiction, served as board member for the San Jose Center for Literature and Arts, taught through Poets in the schools (all grade levels), mentors individual poets, and conducts Teachers’ In-Service training programs for elementary and high school teachers.

Lynch also publishes fiction, essays, reviews, and does free-lance editing. She lives in California.

From Top to Bottom, Left to Right: Pat, Danny, Moira, Kathleen, Eileen, Mary (mother), Sheila, Michael, Mike (father)