Catherine A. Brereton
Susan K. Stewart
Kopana L. Terry

Published Bi-Annually
Lexington, KY, USA



Solidago came into being when Catherine graduated from the MFA program at the University of Kentucky, and passed on the Editor-in-Chief position of Limestone (U.K.’s literary journal) to her successors. Knowing that she would miss such close involvement with the world of literary journals, she asked Kopana if she’d like to be involved in a new journal. Kopana, who was looking for new artistic challenges, jumped at the chance. With prose and art duly taken care of, Catherine and Kopana approached Susan, a poetry aficionado, to round out the team. And so, Solidago Journal was born. Our name, solidago, is Latin for goldenrod, the state flower of Kentucky. A beautiful wildflower to some, a noxious weed to others, it’s a treasure to local pollenators (see our bee mascot) who make something new from the goldenrod’s blossoms. We welcome you to bring your ideas and art to us, in the hope that your creativity inspires others.


Catherine A. Brereton, Founding Editor

bee_rightCatherine is a freelance writer and the former Editor-in-Chief of Limestone: Art. Prose. Poetry. Her work appears in over 50 national and international publications, the most recent of which can be found in Electric Literature, Prairie Schooner, Narratively, The Establishment, Story | Houston, and Litro. Her essay, “Trance,” was recognized as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays, 2015, she is a nominee for a 2016 Best of the Net award, and she is 2015 winner of The Flounce’s Nonfiction Writer the Year award. Originally from England, Catherine moved to the United States in 2008 and earned BAs in English and Gender & Women’s Studies, and an MFA in creative nonfiction at the University of Kentucky. She now lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her wife and their teenage daughters. You can follow her on Twitter @CABreretonKY



Susan K. Stewart, Founding Editor

bee_leftSusan wriggles and ferrets her way into poetry anytime she can.  She’s trained as a literary critic, but abandoned those efforts to be closer to family in central Kentucky.  Preferring poets who have something to say over technical virtuosity (though the combination is splendid and obviously welcome), she’s on the lookout for something she can fold between the pages of her notebook and sit on her shelf.  Born in Paris, Kentucky, she now lives in Lexington with her family.




Kopana L. Terry, Founding Editor

bee_rightKopana Terry works in many mediums: photography, music, drawing, writing, and on occasion, radio. As a musician she’s best known as the drummer for Arista Records’ Stealin Horses. Her writings are included in Arts Across Kentucky, D-Lib, and Kentucky Libraries. Her photographs have appeared in The Head & The Hand Press, Appalachian Heritage, The Old-Time HeraldHeartwoodSpaces MagazineAce WeeklyLouisville Music News, Kentucky Bach Choir, Lexington’s Herald-Leader, and in the documentary Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Distilling the Family BusinessShe was co-creator and senior producer for tonic: the arts and music magazine at NPR affiliate, WUKY. She’s been awarded grants from the Kentucky Arts Council, LexArts, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel in 1988. Her photo series Down the Backstretch: Women in the Thoroughbred Industry was awarded a citation of merit from Kentucky’s State House of Representatives. Her blog, the outhouse: where art goes, combines art with positive thought. She earned her BA in Art Studio/Photography and Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Kentucky. Kopana was born and (mostly) raised in Eastern Kentucky, in the county seat of Morgan County, West Liberty. She currently resides in Lexington, KY with one cat that thinks she’s a dog, one cat afraid of dogs, and one stinky awesome dog, Wallace J. Terry. Follow her @theouthouseblog

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