catherine rankovic burrouchsMaster of Fine Arts in writing, Washington University; Master of Arts in English literature, Syracuse University; Bachelor of Arts in journalism, Marquette University. Formerly a full-time newspaper reporter and magazine editor, I taught creative writing at Washington University from 1989 to 2010, currently teach in the online MFA program at Lindenwood University, and developed a following as an independent book and manuscript editor. I've written and published five books, including Meet Me: Writers in St. Louis (PenUltimate, 2010), nominated for a President's Award from the Missouri Writers Guild, and have worked with large and small publishers and ebook publishing. Awards include the Missouri Biennial Award, an Academy of American Poets award, first place in the Midwest Writers Center poetry competition and first place in the St. Louis Poetry Center competition. I have been honored to be a judge for many literary contests and a presenter at innumerable writing conferences and workshops. My poems and essays have appeared in Boulevard, Midwestern Gothic, Gulf Coast, The Iowa Review, December, The Missouri Review, River Styx, Delmar, Section 8, UCity Review, Natural Bridge, Umbrella, and several anthologies including Flood Stage (Walrus Publishing, 2010) and Are We Feeling Better Yet? Women Speak About Health Care in America (PenUltimate, 2008).

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Published books I've edited include:

  • 35 Tips for Writing a Brilliant Flash Story (nonfiction) by Kaye Linden, Kindle, 2015.
  • Limping Along by Mary Elizabeth Moloney (memoir), Heart Whisperings, 2015.
  • No Time to Say Goodbye: A Memoir of a Life in Foster Care (memoir) by John William Tuohy, Litchfield Literary, 2015.
  • Attitude + Advocacy + Adaptive Technology = Academic Success (nonfiction) by Natalie Phelps Tate, Individual Learning Solutions, 2015.
  • Icarus Flees the Garden of Earthly Delights (poetry) by Tim Leach, CW Books, 2015.
  • Sun Sign Confidential: The Dark Side of All 12 Zodiac Signs (nonfiction) by Sylvia Sky, Kindle, 2015.
  • Fixed Stars Govern a Life: Decoding Sylvia Plath (scholarship) by Julia Gordon-Bramer, Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2015.
  • Through the Eyes of an African Immigrant (fiction) by Unknown Melody, AmericaStar Books, 2015.
  • Death of a Red Heroine (detective novel) by Qiu Xiaolong, SoHo Press, 2000.
  • Unending Struggle: The Long Road to an Equal Education in St. Louis (history) by Gerald W. Heaney and Susan Uchitelle, Reedy Press, 2004.
  • Hunted in the Heartland: A Memoir of Murder (true crime) by Bonney Hogue Patterson, Eloquent Books, 2010.
  • The Black Garden (horror novel) by John S. McFarland, The Patrice Press, 2010.
  • Diana of the Dunes: The True Story of Alice Gray (historical biography) by Janet Edwards, The History Press, 2010.
  • The God Whom Moses Knew (faith-based novel) by J. Roger Nelson, WestBow Press, 2010.
  • The Book of Sins (urban fantasy novel) by Angie O'Gorman, PlainView Press, 2010.
  • Swimming Solo (memoir) by Susan R. Rava, Plateau Books, 2011.
  • Gibbons Street (poetry/creative prose) by Sue Mayfield Geiger, America's Press, 2011.
  • Born Again Afresh (nonfiction) by Memory Bengesa, Author House, 2011.
  • Rising Above Enron: An Insider View of the Collapse (nonfiction), by Carey Falter, 2011.
  • Elizabeth: Learning to Dress Myself From the Inside Out (autobiography) by Elizabeth Moloney, 2012.
  • Off the Leash (memoir) by Jean Ellen Whatley, Blank Slate Press, 2012.
  • Teacher of the Year (novel) by Edward Scott Ibur, Kindle Edition, 2012.
  • Fishing for Light (novel) by Nathaniel Sewell, Kindle Edition, 2013.
  • Bonded and Hitting It Off: Horoscopes of Christian Grey and Ana Steele (nonfiction) by Sylvia Sky, Kindle Edition, 2013.
  • Rails and Ties (poetry) by Maurice Hirsch, 2014.
  • The Church of Forgiveness (memoir) by Deborah Allen, Wingspan Press, 2014.
  • The Devil Came to Town and the Angels Followed (nonfiction) by Bonney Hogue Patterson, Strategic Books, 2014.
  • Gravity Box and Other Spaces (science fiction) by Mark W. Tiedemann, Walrus Publishing, 2014.

I've also helped authors develop novels, plays, magazine and newspaper articles, essays, screenplays, and short stories.