Kathleen & Gus
Kathleen Weihe lives with her husband, their dog, and two rescue birds in Minneapolis.  She teaches composition at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, and has taught poetry classes at The Loft.  Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, and she received an artist’s assistance fellowship from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2002, a Loft-McKnight Award for poetry in 1988, and participated in the Loft’s Mentor Program in 2000.  Kathleen received an M.F.A. from Hamline University in 2002.  She has two grown children, a son and daughter, whose offspring consist of several canines, a cat, and a hedgehog.

Kathy grew up in Anoka, Minnesota as the fourth of five children in an old, somewhat haunted house built in the 1800’s.  She was the fortunate girl in town who had a three-story barn for a garage, where bikes shared space with old buggy riggings, bits, and harnesses.  At least once a year, someone tried to buy the doorbell off the front door. No amount of legal language claiming the need to keep horses in a building obviously built for that purpose ever scored the Olson gang a horse…

Kathy’s poems range through the territory of American culture —societal rules of childhood, parenting, living; addictions, excesses, illness; relationships, the natural world, and beauty. She believes in Jane Hirschfield’s words: “Journey far enough in the terrain of language, it seems, and the heart will begin to speak.”

Contact Kathleen Weihe

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Awards & Achievements
  • First book of poems, Unless You Count Birds, June 2012, North Star Press.
  • Loft-McKnight Awards of Distinction. Finalist, 2006.
  • Loft-McKnight Award for poetry, 1988.
  • Facilitator, Third Thursday Poetry reading series at The Coffee Grounds, Falcon Heights. Scheduled 3-5 poets per reading once a month from 2003-05.
  • Minnesota State Arts Board artist’s assistance fellowship, 2002.
  • Outstanding Thesis in Poetry, Hamline University, 2002.
  • Published in numerous literary journals. “Farmhouse” was awarded honorable mention for Water-Stone Review’s Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize, selected by Naomi Shihab Nye. In Fall 2012,  “When I First Fooled God,” was awarded honorable mention for Water-Stone Review’s Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize, selected by Alberto Rios.
  • The Loft Mentor Series participant, 1999-2000.
  • Playwright for “Justina Refined,” an original play performed by Mayflower Children’s Theatre Company at South High School, Minneapolis, 1993. Directed by Mary Keepers.
  • Kathy Weihe and Janet Jerve co-wrote several original screenplays over the last decade of the 20st century.
  • Tamarack Award from Minnesota Monthly for an original short story, 1989. Reprinted in Sacred Ground, Writings About Home, Milkweed Editions.