Cathy Colman received her B.A. at San Francisco State University and her M.A. in English at San Francisco State University, graduating with honors. Her book Borrowed Dress won the 2001 Felix Pollak Prize for Poetry and made the The Los Angeles Times Best-seller List the first week of its release. Her poetry has appeared in The Colorado Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, The Journal, Mudfish, The Southern Review,The Los Angeles Review, The Spoon River Review, Barnabe Mountain Review, Quarterly West, Pool, The Squaw Review, Rivendell, Contemporary 88, The GW Review, Hair-raising, The Tebot Bach Anthology: How Luminous the Wildflowers, Chance of a Ghost Anthology (Putnam/Tarcher), Writers on Writing(Putnam), and elsewhere. She has won the Browning Award for Poetry and the Ascher Montandon Award for Poetry. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize six times and was a former reviewer for The New York Times Book Review. She collaborated with composer Robert Johnson and their vocal piece honoring the fall of the Berlin Wall was presented at the Kennedy Center. For eighteen years she has taught poetry and fiction at UCLA extension and privately. She has been a guest lecturer/reader at University of Southern California, California College of Arts and Craft and was a featured reader at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art Poetry Series, The Getty Museum and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, among many other venues. Ms. Colman's newest collection, Beauty's Tattoo was released in October of 2009.