Catherine Lee

Catherine Lee

Catherine Lee, writing from San Antonio, Texas, explores poetry’s percussive jazz voice and social change activism by reading solo and performing with improvising musicians “on poem.” Since 1976, Lee’s multifaceted writing has appeared in print, online, and as collaborative multimedia incorporated in bots. Her ekphrastic poem “Apache Pitch Lined Basket” won publication (over 125 entries) and appears with its inspirational artwork on The Witte Museum’s website for National Poetry Month, April 2021. Other 2021 publications and acceptances are listed on the attached resume.

Featured poetry published during summer 2020 included two 100 Thousand Poets for Change reading videos (Aug 29, Sept 26); Creativity Webzine, Vol 6, No. 9, “Time Travel” issue; and the July 2020 “Music” Issue 5 of Northampton Poetry Review, pages 63-74, where five annotated jazz-related poems were published.  Lee collaborates with media artists to create crossover educational multimedia works. Lee, former Pearson custom textbook production editor, created several signed, numbered artist handmade, limited edition chapbooks (We Free Kin, A Rested Development and Kinda Pregnant), available with a music CD from her writing/editing services web site Cat at Jazz Ovation Inn. Multimedia poetry, documentary videos, and radio specials that Lee has produced are archived on Soundcloud and VIMEO. She blogs about notable musical/poetic collaborations on Medium and Facebook/Jazz Ovation Inn

VIDEOS

  • \"Be A Mentor - Sea Un Mentor\" is a video PSA created to encourage bilingual volunteer mentors for a San Antonio public school where Lee has mentored for a number of years. Lee wrote the grant that secured production funding, hired and managed video artist and talent, arranged production schedule, wrote storyline, logged footage, and managed a schedule of public showings. It exemplifies Lee\'s skills in bringing her writing to life in a complex multicultural, collaborative environment. Post-Covid-19 school schedule, this piece is conceptually accurate, but the school\'s mentoring program no longer functions this way.

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AUDIO

  • Lee\'s original poem, \"White Horse Black Mountain Boob Blues,\" performed with Aaron Price\'s piano accompaniment.

  • Lee\'s original poem, \"Laces Rule,\" from her collection of poems based on mentoring public school students. Lee reads with composer/guitarist Aaron Price, who contributed his original song to the project.

  • Lee\'s original poem, \"Keeping Score,\" performed with bassist Zack Page and pianist Aaron Price.

  • Lee\'s original poem, \"Crescendo,\" performed with Aaron Price\'s piano accompaniment.

  • Lee\'s original poem, \"Ceora Vocalese,\" performed by vocalist/trombonist Ron Wilkins with pianist Cecil R. Carter. Vocalese is a type of lyric poem that closely matches recorded music melodies or solos played by jazz musicians. In this case, Lee wrote lyrics to the melody of \"Ceora\" by trumpeter Lee Morgan.