Kathryn Rantala, a poet and visual artist, is at home with the ineffable.


Kathryn Rantala is the author of several books, most recently A Little Family, from Spuyten Duyvil Press. See the section titled Books. She is currently composing a collection that invokes saints and martyrs for a secular look at a well-lived life.

She has published widely in journals and the small press such as with Big Other, The Denver Quarterly, Field, Iowa Review, Painted Bride Quarterly and others.

Visual Art

Kathryn uses what she finds in thrifts and here and there to create what she calls “stills”, poses or images of arrested action such as you would see if you suddenly stopped a motion picture film in the middle—in this case, imaginary films. This visual art is a version of her poetry in that both strive toward interaction, beauty and mystery.

Her stills have been shown privately and publicly for the last decade and reside in several private collections as well as in in a series of art books. See Visual Art: The Object as Poem and Books.


Under the tab for Projects are miscellaneous writing pieces included mostly for fun.


Kathryn lives in Edmonds, Washington and may be reached at editor@ravennapress.com

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