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
Virginia 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,
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. Her first book, a memoir, Riding on
Comets, 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, is 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
This is my My
My husband Dan and me.
This is Virginia Woolf,
who looks at things a
This is Charlotte Bronte, or Char as
I call her. It seems appropriate,
given her color.
April 10, 2013-September
May 31, 1997 - Jan.