Cathy Sydlo Wilkes is an autodidactic and an observer by nature who has a love affair the written word used well. She is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University of Fort, Worth, Texas. Her life growing up in a military family and as a military spouse, artist, avid reader with eclectic tastes, amateur photographer, comedian, thespian, reviewer, and hiker contribute to her observations, traveling to different parts of the world, and the appreciation of other cultures and perspectives.
Curiosity, an active imagination, a wealth of experience, and good conversations inspire and serve as excellent resources for her themes. Some experiences stem from her time in journalism, military life, working in the oil and gas industry, higher education (both college and university), public relations, part-time summer jobs through college, volunteer work, substitute teaching and various administrative and management positions.
Cathy would be the first one to tell you that she doesn’t take herself too seriously. Her foremost mantra is “write to please yourself rather than an audience.” Her words have been published in the international literary journal, The Wagon Magazine; Empathy Globally: Painful Portraits of People in Poetry; the anthology compiled by the late Yayati Mada G. Gandhi: Healing the Planet Through Sublime Arts Poetography; Darkness There But Something More…An Anthology of Selected Ghost Stories; Eyes Bloodshot -- An Internationl Anthology of Hallo-we’en Tales; The Significant League’s Roseate Sonnets Anthology, as well as various poetry forums.
Facets: A Collection of Uncommon Poetry was her debut collection in 2019 and covered observations regarding nature, society, animals, relationships, and body parts. In addition to a second collection of poetry, she is currently working on four other story collections, a possible album, and two musicals: one about Tycho Brahe, and another about Archimedes. Her second book “Fowl Play: Commotion at the Chicken Yard and Other Non-Traditional Animal Stories is due out sometime later this year and a selection of stories from a female perspective will be out early next year.