Cathy Callen (author) and Barbara Waterman-Peters (illustrator) meet “A Packrat Named Orange” at Hall’s Printing in Topeka, February 2023

Cathy Callen: Author

Cathy Callen graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s degree in English and elementary education, and from the University of Kansas with a Master’s degree in early childhood special education. She also attended the Kansas City Art Institute for two years, majoring in photography. Cathy spent her career with Topeka Public Schools as a teacher and later as coordinator of the district’s preschool special education program. Cathy has had poetry published in Inscape, a publication of Washburn University, and in Tallgrass Voices, a publication of poems by members of the Kansas Authors Club, edited by Gary Lechliter. Her non-fiction article, “Reconstituting Allen,” appeared in the Fall/Winter 2012 edition of Connections, a journal published by the Indiana Historical Society. Her non-fiction article, “Magic Mondays,” appeared in the Summer 2013 edition of UU World, the magazine of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. Cathy’s article, “The Kansas City Daily Drovers Telegram and its leading role covering the livestock industry,” is included in the summer 2016 issue of the Jackson County (Missouri) Historical Society journal. In addition, she has written five books. Cathy lives in Lawrence, Kansas.