Cass Dalglish is a fiction writer and prose poet who has worked as a broadcast journalist and studied Sumerian and Akkadian cuneiform in her search for the earliest of women’s writing. Her investigations have led her to write and lecture on similarities between ancient cuneiform text and hypertext.
Her published books include the novels Nin (Spinsters Ink) and Sweetgrass (finalist for a Minnesota Book Award), and a book-length prose poem Humming the Blues (Calyx Books). Humming the Blues is a jazz interpretation of the Sumerian cuneiform signs in Enheduanna’s Song to Inanna (Ancient Iraq, 2350 BCE).
Her kinetic interpretation of Enheduanna’s Nin-Me-Sar-Ra, “Mesopotamian Blues,” was included in Five Minutes of Fame, Minnesota Artists.Org, a site developed by the McKnight Foundation and the Walker Art Center's New Media Initiatives group. She was an invited speaker during the post museum session of the conference: Inanna -- Live at the British Museum, London 2007, and contributed the “Enheduanna,” section in Feminist Writings from Ancient Times to the Modern World, ABC-CLIO, 2011.
A recipient of The Loft Literary Center Minnesota Writers' Career Initiative Grant, her poetry has appeared in the anthologies What Light, Minnesota Artists.Org., 2007; Poetry City USA, Volume I, 2010; Poetry City USA, Volume II, 2012, and the Tupelo Press Poetry Project.
She is a Professor of English at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn., where she is MFA Director and Fiction Mentor in the Augsburg Low-Residency MFA Program and was recently awarded the Distinguished Teaching and Learning Award For Excellence in Mentoring and Advising. In 2011, she was inducted into the St. Catherine University Phi Beta Kappa chapter as an alumna member.
She holds an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a PhD in writing with a concentration in ancient women’s writing from The Union Institute.