Cat Pleska was born in Hurricane, WV, and grew up there and in Pt.
Pleasant, WV. She is the only child of Jean and Vernon Hodges. She  
married Dan Pleska in 1973, and they have one daughter, Katie. She
shares her home in Scott Depot, WV, with Lexi, a Dutch Shepherd, a
Bombay cat named Charlotte Bronte, a black and white Tuxedo cat,
Virginia Woolf, and two new babies, who she and her family raised as
newborn kittens, Timmy "Tim-O-Tay" and Contessa D'erberville.

Cat holds a BA in English (West Virginia State U), an MA in
Humanities (Marshall U), and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction
(Goucher College). She was a regular writer for
Wonderful West
magazine for many years, is an essayist on West Virginia
Public Radio, and a former book reviewer for
The Charleston Gazette.
She is also a book reviewer for West Virginia University Press.

Her radio essay
, Unexpected Harvest, was published in 2008 in
Hamilton Stone Review.
She also has essays published in Folklife,
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.  Her first book, a memoir,
Riding on
, was published May 1, 2015 by West Virginia University
Press. It was short listed in 2016 for the Indefab book of the year. She
is a freelance writer/editor, i
s a full time instructor in the Master of
Liberal Arts Studies program at Arizona State University
and teaches
writing and literature at Marshall University Graduate College as an
adjunct, and . She also leads writing workshops throughout the region.

Born on Halloween, her life takes mysterious twists and turns at
times, and she wouldn't have it any other way.
This is Lexi, my
Dutch Shepherd.
This is my My
daughter, Katie.
My husband Dan and me.
Cat Pleska
This is Virginia Woolf,
who looks at things a
little differently.
This is Charlotte Bronte, or Char as
I call her. It seems appropriate,
given her color.
Emily Bronte
April 10, 2013-September
16, 2013
Zoe Marie
May 31, 1997 - Jan.
19, 2013