Catherine Sasanov
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The Steele slaves and their descendents of Greene County, Missouri   .
My ancestors' part in their bondage   .   Memory, history, and  America's
African American past  .   Isaac Franklin, Slave Trader  .   The photos of  
Enrique Metinides  .   La nota roja Mexicana  .   La Santa Muerte   .  The
layered history of Mexico City  .  Las Magdalenas de Belén  .  The women
of la Merced  .  The photographs of Maya Goded  .  The writings of Elena
Poniatowska   .   St. Gemma Galgani  .   Repercussions of sanctity on the
life of Galgani's family  .


Current field and archival work in Virginia, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi,
and Southwest Missouri.  Past research in Lucca, Italy, and Mexico City. 


"The Slaves of Richard Steele of Greene County, Missouri," Ozar'Kin, Fall 2006.

"The Steeles, Their Slaves, and the Civil War," Ozar'Kin, Spring 2007.

"Psalm 23,"  Poets on the Psalms (Trinity University Press, 2008).


Poems in Sentence, Hotel Amerika, Salamander, Calibanonline, and Skidrow Penthouse.


Fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts,
Mexico's Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA),
the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation,
and the Rockefeller Foundation. 

Residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain Center, Hedgebrook,
the Millay Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, 
the National Endowment for the Arts U.S.-Mexico Creative Artist Residencies,
Bellagio, and the Sundance Institute.

A commission from Mabou Mines for the theater work
Las Horas de Belén:
A Book of Hours.


Regarding Had Slaves

Had Slaves named a Must Read  by the Massachusetts Center for the Book

Had Slaves listed in the Sacramento News & Review's "Best Reads of 2010"

Review of Had Slaves by Eileen Tabios in Galatea Resurrects #15

Review of Had Slaves by Julia Perch in Press 1

Two poems on pages 68-70 at

New on the Book Shelf: Had Slaves (interview at Ellen Steinbaum blog)

Jamaicaway Books online interview with Catherine Sasanov (youtube video)

New Pages (Sima Rabinowitz review of Sasanov poems in Salamander )

The Past Is Not Dead.  In Fact, It's Not Even Past: A Conversation  Between W.R. Mayo and Catherine Sasanov on their ancestors and slaveholding

"Revisionist (History)" (Poem  from Had Slaves in Salamander)

Three poems  from Had Slaves (Greater Brockton Poetry Society)

Regarding la Santa Muerte, Las Horas de Belén: A Book of Hours

Cervena Barva Press interview  with Catherine Sasanov

"Give Me My Little Skull: Photographer Joel Peter Witkin, Mexico City" (poem in 

Skidrow Penthouse)

"Prison Prayers" (Village Voice
 article on Las Horas de Belen: A Book of Hours)

"Sanctuary or Prison? Perhaps it is Both" (New York Times, Anita Gates reviews Las Horas de Belen: A Book of Hours)

"Las Horas de Belen: A Book of Hours (review by Susan Morgan in Art Forum)

"Caste Painting No. 13" (Poem in Agni)

Regarding All the Blood Tethers

Review in America Magazine

Review in the Image: A Journal of the Arts & Religion Newsletter

Artist of the Month profile in
Image: A Journal of the Arts & Religion

"La Dolorosa" (poem in
VQR: Virginia Quarterly Review)

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