Catherine Lanser’s writing has been published in the following places:
A piece about what I learned from my dad.
My reflection on “What Remains” is included in Readers Notes in Issue 58 of Ruminate Literary Magazine.
The #Midwessay project attempts to understand what the shape of the Midwest is in 2021. Writers from Midwestern states were chosen to write essays from their perspective. My Wisconsin-perspective essay was included.
Writing from this blog is also published on the Good Men Project, a diverse community of 21st century thought leaders who are actively participating in a conversation about the way men’s roles are changing in modern life—and the way those changes affect everyone.
This essay about growing up outside of Milwaukee on the shores of Lake Michigan is included in The Milwaukee Anthology from Belt Publishing (April 2019).
This is an excerpt from my memoir and appeared on Pulse – voices from the heart of medicine which publishes personal accounts of illness and healing. It tells the story of how my family decided to have my father undergo surgery after a devastating stroke.
This excerpt from my memoir was a Nonfiction Finalist in the 2018 Coalition of Texans with Disabilities Pen 2 Paper Creative Writing contest.
Women Writers, Women’s Books
Why most books I read are memoirs about illness and/or death and why I focus my writing on the topic.
After my father’s stroke, he received nutrition through a feeding tube because he wasn’t able to swallow anymore. He never lost the hunger for real food and the connection sharing food with our family. This excerpt from my memoir tells that story.
Corners: Voices in Change
Tells the story of how I came to see Morocco through the eyes of the driver who sometimes had my new husband and me holding on for dear life.
Another excerpt from my forthcoming memoir: In the Absence: My Memoir of the Brain.
Without a Net
Open Thought Vortex Literary Magazine
Part of a Facing Our Fears series, this is another excerpt from my forthcoming memoir.
Prairie Gold an Anthology of the American Heartland
An essay of how I was unprepared to buy my first house, the unlikely source of help I found, and my heartbreak when I had to leave the neighborhood behind.
Being a Grown Up: A User’s Guide to the Real World
An essay about the blessings and curses of being the baby of a family of nine. One of my inspirations for my memoir.
Seasons of Our Lives: Autumn Award-Winning Stories from WomensMemoirs.com
This story tells of the one costume my dad made me for Halloween, complete with a real pitchfork from his shed. It won Honorable Mention from the WomensMemoirs.com Memoir Contest and is also published in
Christmas Traditions: True Stories that Celebrate the Spirit of the Season
An essay about the traditions of Christmas in a big family as it grows.
Chick Ink: 40 Stories of Tattoos – And the Women Who Wear Them
An essay about my tattoo and how it will always tie me to my eighteenth year.
Classic Christmas: True Stories of Holiday Cheer and Goodwill
An essay about a Christmas misunderstanding involving walnut ornaments.
Stories of Strength
An essay about how I learned to remember my father after his death. It was the seed that started my memoir.