Cat Pleska was born in Hurricane, WV, and grew up there and in Pt.
Pleasant, WV. She is the only child of Jean and Vernon Hodges. She
married Dan Pleska in 1973, and they have one daughter, Katie. They
also share their home in Scott Depot, WV, with Lexi, a German
Shepherd, Plott Hound mix, and a black and white Tuxedo cat, Zoe.
Cat holds a BA in English (West Virginia State U), an MA in
Humanities (Marshall U), and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction
(Goucher College). She is a regular writer for Wonderful West
Virginia magazine and is an essayist on West Virginia Public Radio,
with 40 essays aired since 2007.
Her radio essay, Unexpected Harvest, was published in 2008 in
Hamilton Stone Review. She also has essays published in Folklife,
Constellations, and in the Encyclopedia of West Virginia. Her
memoir, The Last Storyteller, began as a thesis for her MFA and
eventually was polished into a manuscript. She is currently teaching
English at West Virginia State University and is the director of the
WVSU Writing Center.
Born on Halloween, her life takes mysterious twists and turns at
times, and she wouldn't have it any other way.
This is Lexi, my
Plott Hound mix.
This is Zoe,
my tuxedo cat.
This is my My
My husband Dan and me.