Catherine Lanser grew up in Port Washington, on the shores of Lake Michigan. She ate so much salmon as a child, if you cut into her you would find flaky flesh that you could easily lift away with a salad fork. She writes memoir, essays, and narrative nonfiction. Her essays have been published in published in numerous anthologies and other publications including The Milwaukee Anthology, Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland, and Corners: Voices on Change. Her favorite subjects include the brain, health and wellness, growing up as the baby of a family of nine, and life in the Midwest.