Program for Thursday, September 4th


Thursday, September 4th, our guest will be author Dena Harris.
Hailed as the “Erma Bombeck of cat writers,” Dena Harris’s stories charm readers in her short-story humor collection, Lessons In Stalking…Adjusting to Life with Cats (2005). A former humor columnist for Cats & Kittens magazine, Dena’s work appears in Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover’s Soul (2007) and Cup of Comfort for Cat Lovers (2008). She is also the author of For the Love of Cats (2006, Publications International), a glossy 315-page coffee table book covering every aspect of the furry feline. Her humor writing has won numerous awards and accolades.

A freelance magazine writer by day, Dena’s articles have appeared in over 50 national and international publications including Writer’s Digest, Art Jewelry, The Toastmaster, 2007 & 2008 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market, Puppies USA, and many more.

Dena speaks at events and presents workshops around the country. Her courses Scared Speechless: Public Speaking Made Easy, Write Here! Write Now!, and Get Published! The Ins & Outs of Magazine Writing are favorites at area colleges, universities, and writer’s conferences. She has taught magazine writing at the National Speakers Association (NSA) University and is currently completing a book on public speaking for the everyday speaker.

Dena is a member of the American Society of Journalists & Authors (ASJA), Toastmasters International, and the international Cat Writers Association.

Prior jobs include insurance claims adjuster, librarian, and job-coach for displaced homemakers at the Greensboro Women’s Resource Center.
Dena resides in North Carolina with her husband and their two cats. You can follow her unique perspective of life via her blog, "Why Aren't I In Charge."