Cathy Drinkwater Better
Born: January 04 1952 in Westchester County New York, USA
Resides: Eldersburg, Maryland, USA
E-mail: cathydbw (at) icloud (dot) com
Cathy Drinkwater Better (married name: Cathy L. Walker) is an award-winning poet and journalist, an editor and humorist, and a prolific children’s book author. She enjoys writing haiku and its related forms, including haibun, haiga, and tanka. She is co-founder of the Haiku Poets of Central Maryland group and, with her husband, Doug Walker, is co-owner Black Cat Press.
Awards and Other Honors: Pushcart Prize nominee (2010); Third Place, Gerald Brady Senryu Award (Haiku Society of America, 2010); Honorable Mention and two Haiku of Merit, World Haiku Review (2010); Highly Commended, Irish Haiku Society Contest (2010); First Place [Local Column] Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Press Association Editorial Awards Competition (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009); Second Place, Robert Frost Festival of Poetry Haiku Contest (2008); Honorable Mention, Betty Drevniok Award (2008); Second Runner-up, Kokako Tanka Competition (2007); two Awards of Merit, Zen Garden Haiku Contest (2007); Third Pl ace, Robert Frost Festival of Poetry Haiku Contest (2005); Very Highly Commended, Highly Commended, Yellow Moon Tanka Competition (2005); Highly Commended, Yellow Moon Haibun Competition (2005); Best in Show [Local Column] Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Press Association Editorial Awards Competition (2005); Honorable Mention, Francine Porad Haiku Award (2004); Tanka Splendor Award Poet (1994); Honorable Mention, Catholic Press Association Journalism Award for Best Poetry (1992).
Books Published: Haiku: HIBIKI [with Geert Verbeke] (Empty Sky, Belgium, December 2010); cat and human (Black Cat Press, Maryland 2002; Second edition 2004); the sky is all there is (Astute Platypus Press, Maryland 1999); the moon tonight (Los Hombres Press, California 1996). General interest, adult/family: Don’t Hit Your Brother With Your Mouth Full (Acme Press, 1995; Trade paperback. Humor); Test Your Bible I.Q. (Testament Books, an imprint of Random House Value Publishing, 1999; Trade hardcover. Bible trivia). Childrens’ books; licensed characters: Sesame Street: Read Along with Elmo Books: Baby Brother's Christmas, Christmas Lights, Little Elf's Christmas Adventure, Grandpa's Christmas Surprise (Flying Frog Publishing, 2010; Set of four board books; secular); Sesame Street: Read Along with Elmo Books: A Letter to Santa, Puppy's First Christmas, The Littlest Elf (Flying Frog Publishing, 2009, Palm-sized board books; fourth in set was The Night Before Christmas; Secular); Sesame Street Giant Coloring Storybook: Summer Fun (Color All About, 2007. Bilingual); Sesame Street Giant Coloring Storybooks: Opposites, Fun at School (Color All About, 2006. Bilingual); The Cuddly Beasties™ Early Learning Pop-up Board Books (Paradise Press, Inc., 1999; Set of four; Reprints for Australian, UK, South American markets); The Cuddly Beasties™ Opposites Pop-up Board Books (Paradise Press, Inc., 1999. Set of four. Reprints for Australian, UK, South American markets; The Cuddly Beasties™ Christmas Pop-up Board Books (Paradise Press, Inc., 1999; Set of four; secular). General interest, children’s - a sampling: God's Special Promises: A Good Night’s Rest, Making a Rainbow, The Helping Hand, A Little Courage (Flying Frog Publishing, 2010; Padded-cover board books, set of four); God's Little Zoo: Owen, Lizzy, Molly, Nathan (Flying Frog Publishing, 2007; Stories with a moral; Set of four board books); Lunchtime on the Farm: With Real Animal Sounds (Flying Frog Publishing, 2007; Novelty concept, large-scale format); Giant Coloring Storybook: Color All About Spring (Food Marketing Consultants, 2007; Bilingual); Glitter Board Books: The Jungle Jamboree, A Day on the Farm, Little Fish's Sea Adventure, A Picnic at the Zoo (Son Schein Press, 2006; Novelty-concept board books; set of four; Reprinted in a smaller format by Greenbrier International, Inc., 2006); Eye Catching Pop-Up Books: A Day on the Farm, A Day on Safari (Flying Frog Publishing, 2006; Large-scale, advanced paper engineering); Excuse Me! A Book All About Manners (Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2001; Hard-cover picture book w/jacket); In His Footsteps (Concordia Publishing House, 2000; Hard-cover picture book w/jacket); My B-I-B-L-E (Concordia Publishing House, 2000; Oversized board book, die-cut); Noah's Ark Deluxe Activity Set (Concordia Publishing House, 1999; Novelty concept; Early learning; Bible-themed); Things That Go: Things That Fly, Things on Wheels, Things That Float, Things on Tracks (Paradise Press, Inc., 1999; Transportation information/story board books; set of four); Animal Playtime: Ponies, Bunnies, Puppies, Kittens (Paradise Press, Inc. 1999; Animal information/story board books; set of four); Wonders of Learning Deluxe Schoolhouse Activity Set (Concordia Publishing House, 1999 [And for UK publisher for simultaneous release]; Novelty concept; Early learning).
Credits: "morning chill" - Magnapoets Premier Issue (January 2008); "after the colonoscopy" - Frogpond XXVI:1 (2003); "only holes" - Simply Haiku 5:4 (2007); "through bulrushes" - Mayfly 23 (1997); "Indian summer" - Acorn 16 (2006); "nursing home courtyard" - Acorn 9 (2002).