Contact information:
Contact Cat at catrambo AT

Cat will not be teaching any online classes from June-December 2014.

Short bio:
Cat Rambo lives, writes, and teaches by the shores of an eagle-haunted lake in the Pacific Northwest. Her 150+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld Magazine, and Her short story, “Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain,” from her story collection Near + Far (Hydra House Books), was a 2012 Nebula nominee. Her editorship of Fantasy Magazine earned her a World Fantasy Award nomination in 2012. For more about her, as well as links to her fiction, see

Longer bio:

John Barth described Cat Rambo’s writings as “works of urban mythopoeia” — her stories take place in a universe where chickens aid the lovelorn, Death is just another face on the train, and Bigfoot gives interviews to the media on a daily basis. She has worked as a programmer-writer for Microsoft and a Tarot card reader, professions which, she claims, both involve a certain combination of technical knowledge and willingness to go with the flow. In 2005 she attended the Clarion West Writers’ Workshop. Among the places in which her stories have appeared are ASIMOV’S, WEIRD TALES, CLARKESWORLD, and STRANGE HORIZONS, and her work has consistently garnered mentions and appearances in year’s best of anthologies. Her collection, EYES LIKE SKY AND COAL AND MOONLIGHT was an Endeavour Award finalist in 2010 and followed her collaboration with Jeff VanderMeer, THE SURGEON’S TALE AND OTHER STORIES. Her most recent collection is NEAR + FAR, from Hydra House Books, which contains Nebula-nominated “Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain”.

She has edited anthologies as well as the online award-winning, critically-acclaimed Fantasy Magazine. Her work with Fantasy Magazine earned her a nomination for a World Fantasy Award in 2012. She teaches at Bellevue College as well as in a highly successful series of online classes. She has also taught for Clarion West, the King County Library System, and Fields End.

Although no longer actively involved with the game, she is one of the minds behind Armageddon MUD, the oldest roleplay-intensive MUD (an interactive text-based game) on the Internet, which has been described as “like no other mud I have played before“, “the most entertaining game I’ve ever played“, “the most creative, emotionally involved mud on the Net” and “a place of astonishing beauty and detail“. She continues to do some game writing as well as technology journalism and book reviews. For more about her, as well as links to her fiction, see


Fantasy and SF writer Cat Rambo

Photo by Cat Rambo

Fantasy and SF writer Cat Rambo

Fantasy and SF writer Cat Rambo in the San Juan Islands. Photo by Wayne Rambo.

Cat at Disneyland

Fantasy and SF writer Cat Rambo in Disneyland with a friend. Photo by Michael J. Francis.

Picture of Cat Rambo

Taken at World Fantasy Con, 2011. Photo Credit: On Focus Photos,



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  • Tara Ruiz

    Hi Cat, I love your story The Coffee Cup. My husband heard a song that has the exact same lyrics as you story, It is a country song, and he does not care for country music, but he loved this song. I have been looking high and low for information about this song, who wrote it and who sings it. Finally, after a long night up, I found what we thought to be the lyrics to this song. I dug a little more, and bam I found you!! I would like to know if you let someone use your story to sing a country song? I really admire your work, and all of your accomplishments are very impressive! You have just gained another loyal fan!! Thank you for your inspiration in my life. You are a breath of fresh air!
    Always, Tara Ruiz

    • Cat

      Hi Tara!

      I’m not aware of anyone using it for a song, I’d love to hear it if someone has. Thanks for your nice note, it made me smile!