Katharyn Howd Machan grew up in Woodbury, Connecticut and Pleasantville, New York. She earned a B.A. in English from the College of Saint Rose, an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in Interpretation from Northwestern University. Since 1975 she has lived in Ithaca, New York and has been teaching Writing at Ithaca College since 1977. In 2002 she was named the first Poet Laureate of Tompkins County, New York. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines, anthologies, and textbooks, and in 39 collections, most recently A Slow Bottle of Wine (winner, 2019 Jessie Bryce Niles Competition), What the Piper Promised (winner, Alexandria Quarterly Press 2018 competition), Secret Music: Voices from Redwing, 1888 (Cayuga Lake Books, 2018) and Katharyn Howd Machan: Selected Poems (FutureCycle Press, 2018). She and her husband, fellow poet Eric Machan Howd, live joyfully with two cats, Footnote and Byron.