About Cathleen
Cathleen Cohen was the 2019 Poet Laureate of Montgomery County, PA. A painter and teacher, she founded the We the Poets program at ArtWell, an arts education non-profit in Philadelphia (theartwell.org). Her poems appear in journals such as Apiary, Baltimore Review, Cagibi, East Coast Ink, 6ix, North of Oxford, One Art, Passager, Philadelphia StoriesRockvale Review and Rogue Agent. Camera Obscura (chapbook, Moonstone Press), appeared in 2017 and Etching the Ghost (Atmosphere Press), 2021. She received the Interfaith Relations Award from the Montgomery County PA Human Rights Commission and the Public Service Award from National Association of Poetry Therapy. Her paintings are on view at Cerulean Arts Gallery (ceruleanarts.com).

2019-2020 Poet Laureate of Montgomery County

2001-2015 ArtWell Education Director (theartwell.org); Founder, We the Poets Program


1997 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Phila, PA; certificate, painting and printmaking
1981 Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; Ph.D. in Learning Disabilities
1976 Teachers College, Columbia University; M.A. in Learning Disabilities
1975 The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; BA

Poetry Awards

2017 Moonstone Press Chapbook Contest “Camera Obscura”, 2nd Place

2013 Raynes Poetry Prize, on “Justice”, 2nd Place

2011 OSV Magazine Contest, 1st Prize

2007 Palabras Press Poetry Contest Honorable Mention

2004 Public Service Award from the National Association of Poetry Therapy

2003 Interfaith Relations Award from the Montgomery County Advisory Board to the PA Human Rights Commission

Painting Awards

2015 Art for Action Award, Inliquid Collaboration with the Peoples’ Paper Co-op

1997 Cuff/Samak Prize Special Notice, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
1997 Deena Gu Award, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
1997 Estelle Barenbaum Rubens Painting Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
1997 Susan Carlen Brown Special Notice, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
1996 Kaiserman JCC Painting Competition, First Prize

Books and Journals

Apiary, Babganewz (January 2001); Babel Fruit (Fall 2009); The Breath of Parted Lips (2005); Baltimore Review; Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal; Cagibi; Camera Obscura, (chapbook) 2017; Cumberland Poetry Review; East Coast Ink; Harrisburg Review; The Ismaili Magazine (2005); Layers of Possibility (2007); Moment; OSV Magazine Contest (first prize, 2011); North of Oxford; One Art Poetry Journal; Palabras Press Poetry Contest (honorable mention, 2007); Passager; Piedmont Literary Review; Philadelphia Stories; Response; Rockvale Review; Rogue Agent; 6ix; Teaching About God and Spirituality, A.R.E., (chapter, 2002); Interactive Faith; Poetry and Jewish Prayer (ArtWell); Waterways Magazine; Virus Anthology (Moonstone Press, 2020); Etching The Ghost, Atmosphere Press, 2021; Toho Publishing, 2021Coffin Bell Volume 4 Issue 3

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Caesura Festival, Camphill Soltane, Glenmoore, PA

2019 Cerulean Arts Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2019 St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, N. Wales, PA

2017 Cerulean Arts Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2015 Ladies Night: Connecting Women Through Art and Dialogue, InLiquid Gallery,
Philadelphia, PA
2014 Affinities, SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery, New York, NY
2011 Poetry Between Us, SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions

2012 New Hope Arts Savoir Fare, New Hope, NJ
2012 The Philadelphia Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
2010 Am I My Brother’s Keeper?, Annenberg Center, Lankenau Hospital Exhibit
2009 Chestnut Hill Academy Poetry and Art Exhibition
2008 Realism in Paintings and Sculptures, Sherry French Gallery, NY, NY
2005 Morpeth Gallery, Hopewell, NJ
2004-2012 Riverbank Arts, Stockton, NJ
2004-2005 Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


2010-2016 Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, New York, NY

Children’s Village, New York, NY, permanent collection