Catherine Lanser is a writer from Madison, Wis. who grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan. She ate so much salmon as a child, if you cut into her you would find flaky flesh that you could easily lift away with a salad fork.

She has lived in the Midwest her whole life and writes blogs, essays and narrative nonfiction about her life and growing up as the baby of a family of nine children. Catherine is looking for a home for her first full-length memoir about how she found her place in her family, told through the lens of her brain tumor and her father’s stroke.

She reads a lot of memoirs and writes about the brain, migraines, being sick, and other things. If you want to learn more about why she writes about illness this link will take you to an article Catherine wrote on that topic.

Catherine is a board member of Wisconsin Writers Association. Are you a Wisconsin writer? Join her as a member of this premier Wisconsin writer’s group.  

A study looks at cognitive decline during #migraine and later in long-time sufferers. The good news is that migraine didn’t seem to cause long-term cognitive issues.


I received a rejection yesterday on a piece I sent out months ago. In a second I turned into Eeyore.

Then I realized how many others were still being considered and I suddenly was Lisa Simpson.


Movies I’ve Seen at Least Five Times:

Cool Hand Luke
Into the Wild
A River Runs Through It
The Sound of Music
The Wizard of Oz
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Say Anything
The Year Without a Santa Clause https://t.co/WzBNnRmjyx

This research sheds an important light on the stigma of #Migraines


"... her struggle to understand how the aftermath of her accident affected them as well as her relationships, particularly with her mother." via @brevitymag by @rizzo_lisa



Reading “I Thought You Said This Would Work” by the amazing @AnnGarvin_

Absolutely love this line!

“Summer had fallen asleep like a child, open mouthed and immediately.” https://t.co/MV4ij5Mm0U