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Cat Pleska was born in Hurricane, W.Va., and grew up there and in Pt. Pleasant, W.Va. She is the only child of Jean and Vernon Hodges. She married Dan Pleska in 1973, and they have one daughter, Katie. They also share their home in Scott Depot, W.Va., with Lexi, a Dutch Shepherd, a Bombay cat named Charlotte Bronte, and a black and white Tuxedo cat, Virginia Woolf.
Cat holds a BA in English (West Virginia State University), an MA in Humanities (Marshall University), and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction (Goucher College). She is a regular writer for Wonderful West Virginia magazine and is an essayist on West Virginia Public Radio, with 40 essays aired since 2007.
Her radio essay, Unexpected Harvest, was published in 2008 in Hamilton Stone Review. She also has essays published in Folklife, Constellations, and in the Encyclopedia of West Virginia. She is the editor of Fed from the Blade, an anthology of stories and tales published by Woodland Press. She is currently teaching English at West Virginia State University and is the director of the WVSU Writing Center.
Born on Halloween, her life takes mysterious twists and turns at times, and she wouldn't have it any other way.