Katharine Whitcomb is Associate Professor of English, specializing in poetry and creative writing, and the Coordinator of the Writing Specialization in the English Department at Central Washington University. She is the author of a collection of poems, Saints of South Dakota & Other Poems, which was chosen by Lucia Perillo as the winner of the 2000 Bluestem Award and published by Bluestem Press, and two poetry chapbooks. Hosannas (Parallel Press, 1999) and Lamp of Letters (Floating Bridge Press, 2009), winner of the 2009 Floating Bridge Chapbook Award. Katharine is the editor, along with Robert Hickey and Marco Thompson, of A Sense of Place: The Washington State Geospatial Poetry Anthology, an anthology of poems about particular locations in Washington State formatted in Google Earth, and the Director of CWU’s Center for Geospatial Poetry.
She was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, and earned her B.A. from Macalester College in English. In 1995 she received an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her poetry awards include a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, a Loft-McKnight Award, a Writing Fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and a Halls Fellowship at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. She received an AWP Fellowship in Poetry to the Prague Summer Seminars at Charles University in the Czech Republic. She was a Fellow in the 2011 Jack Straw Writers Program in Seattle. She has had work published in The Paris Review, The Yale Review, The Kenyon Review and Poetry Northwest, as well as in several anthologies, including Making Poems, Fire On Her Tongue, and Dorothy Parker’s Elbow: Tattoos on Writers, Writers on Tattoos. Her collaborative art has been exhibited in the San Diego Museum of Art.
Marc Thompson is a founding member of The Center for Geospatial Poetry. He is currently working on his master's thesis in Resource and Environmental Management at Central Washington University. He is currently the technical director and sole web programmer for www.asenseofplacewa.com and www.cascadiachronicle.com.
Marc's primary focus of study has been in examining the ways Google's Google Earth can be leveraged to more focused use as a geographic information system (GIS). Beyond the areas of natural and cultural resource management; this study has taken him in new directions towards a focus on humanities and technology.
Dr. Bob Hickey is a co-founding director for the Center for Geospatial Poetry and worked with the project through the first edition. He teaches Geography courses at CWU and specializes in geographic information system (GIS) education.