Cat Pleska


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.



I just found out that if I were a Greek goddess, I’d be Athena! A proud and insightful warrior.

Or if I’m not Athena, maybe I was a royal queen in ancient Egypt. And this is fascinating—it turns out my aura is blue! These revelations must mean something!

Just take a few, or fifty, Facebook quizzes and you, too, can learn just how fascinating you are. It’s easy. Answer a few inane questions such as what’s your favorite movie or actor and the answer is: you’re Marilyn Monroe or Ryan Gosling!

Water, Water Everywhere

Jan 20, 2014

“I learned to take a bath in a tea cup!” I often chortled to anyone who would listen. A slight exaggeration, of course, but one time when I had been without water for 5 weeks, I learned to adapt, plus this important lesson: “I’ll never take water for granted again.”