Cass Donish

Cassie Donish
PhD Candidate
04 Tate Hall

MFA Washington University in St. Louis

MA University of Oregon

BA University of Washington

Research and Teaching

Areas of Study:

  • Poetry
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Queer and Feminist Theory
  • Ecology and Ecopoetics 
  • Contemporary Literature 
  • Grief Writing

Pronouns: they/them

Cass Donish is a queer writer from California, author of the poetry collections Your Dazzling Death (Knopf, 2024), The Year of the Femme (University of Iowa Press, 2019), and Beautyberry (Slope Editions, 2018). Their nonfiction chapbook On the Mezzanine (Gold Line Press, 2019) was chosen by Maggie Nelson as winner of the Gold Line Press Chapbook Competition. Donish has writing appearing or forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Gettysburg Review, Guernica, Poem-a-Day, Texas Review, Tupelo QuarterlyVICE, and elsewhere. They have taught creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis, University of Missouri, Kenyon Review’s Young Writers Workshop, and Ashland University’s low-res MFA program. They live in Columbia, Missouri.


Selected Publications
Your Dazzling Death

Your Dazzling Death (Knopf, 2024)

The Year of the Femme

The Year of the Femme (University of Iowa Press, 2019)

On the Mezzanine

On the Mezzanine (Gold Line Press, 2019)


Beautyberry (Slope Editions, 2018)