Cathy Ostlere was raised in Winnipeg, Canada. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Manitoba.
Her first book, LOST: A MEMOIR, began as poems and essays. Essays excerpted from LOST have been short-listed for the National Magazine Awards, Western Magazine Awards, and the CBC Literary Awards. LOST: A MEMOIR was a finalist for the 2009 Edna Staebler Creative Non-fiction Award.
In 2010, Cathy co-wrote the play, LOST: A MEMOIR, presented by Theatre Calgary. The production has been on tour in Canada and the U.S.
Cathy’s 2nd book, KARMA, a verse novel aimed at young adults, was released by Penguin in Canada and the U.S. in March 2011. KARMA is a 2012 Canadian Library Honour book, a 2012 Booklist Editor’s Choice, a 2012 South Asia Book Award, Highly Commended Book, and is shortlisted for the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Award.
Cathy lives in Calgary, Canada.