Catherine Lawton

Catherine Lawton is an author, award-winning poet, and essayist. In her writings she explores life as a relational adventure—with others, God, and nature/creation. Her published books include Face to Face: a novel, Glimpsing Glory: Poems of Living & Dying, Praying & Playing, Belonging & Longing. Her articles, poems, and meditations have appeared in many magazines, journals, and book compilations. Cathy earned a BA in English from Point Loma Nazarene University and a MSM from Northwind Theological Seminary. She is co-owner (with her husband, Larry) and editor-in-chief of Cladach Publishing, and also serves as editor of student publications at Northwind Seminary Press.

From Catherine:

I started ‘writing’ as a toddler—scribbling in the margins of my preacher-father’s theology books. Later, I made up poems and stories to entertain my little sister. At age 12 I had a poem published nationally. After that, the inner urge and outward call kept growing. I continued writing poetry, essays, fiction, and nonfiction, with bylines in many periodicals, journals, and anthologies. Much of my inspiration has come on hilly paths and meadows, in gardens and gatherings, and along rivers and salty shores.

Catherine Lawton (r) preaching (with translator) on a mission trip to Venezuela

Experience as a part-time substitute teacher, private piano teacher, musician, licensed minister in the Church of the Nazarene, and freelance writer and editor prepared me for starting up Cladach Publishing. For twenty-plus years I have collaborated to give opportunities to talented Christian authors, producing books that show God at work in our world and people working with God, for good. After living most of our lives in Northern California, my husband, Larry, and I now reside in Colorado where we enjoy road trips, house guests, mountain explorations, gardening, birding, and visits and celebrations with our adult children and six grandchildren.

At a book signing

A poetry reading

In my writings as well as my life and relationships, I desire to help and encourage others to experience the present moments more fully and grow in awareness of—and response to—the constant call and care of our loving God.

p.s. You can follow and connect with me in these places that I (sometimes infrequently) frequent:

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My books released by Cladach Publishing: