Cathy Ostlere was born in Portage La Prairie,Â Manitoba. Cathy’s first book,Â Lost: A Memoir,Â began as a series of poems but grew into creative non-fiction essays and eventually into a full-length memoir. Essays excerpted fromÂ Lost: A MemoirÂ haveÂ been shortlisted for the National Magazine Awards, Western Magazine Awards, and CBC LiteraryÂ Awards. Lost: A MemoirÂ was a finalist for the prestigious 2009 EdnaÂ Staebler Creative Non-fiction Award. Her second book,Â Karma,Â a verse novel, was releasedÂ in MarchÂ 2011.