Cathleen Schandelmeier (Producer/Performer/Poet/Photographer) is best known as the host of the Beach Poets, a poetry series which has been running since 1990. She also was a host of Chicago's first-ever televised poetry talk show titled "Venue" where she interviewed such notable artists as: Kurt Heintz, Tony Fitzpatrick, Marc Smith and Paul Peditto. Her books of poetry include Chicago Phoenix (published by Puddin'head Press, 2005), Tattoo Screams of Love, Scream and I'll Believe You, and Suck on My Toes and I'll Follow You Anywhere. She has performed one woman shows at Cafe Voltaire and Mary Arrchie as well as other theaters.
Poet, artist, actress, puppeteer, and mother, Cathleen has written numerous children's plays, which focus on such contemporary themes as stopping child abuse. These plays have been performed on such stages as Organic Theater and The Chicago Cultural Center. Among her many awards, Cathleen has been named one of the 100 Women Making a Difference by Today's Chicago Woman Foundation, she won a Certificate of Leadership in Racial Justice from the YWCA, was awarded the title "Outstanding Leader in Peace" from the Peace Museum, and was an Adade Wheeler Award Nominee for Significant Contributions to Women's History. She worked for the Swedish American Museum as a time traveler from May of 2004 to May of 2006. She's been an inspiration to The Chicago Poetry Scene for many, many years, and continues tirelessly to promote poetry and the well being of Chicago's poets. She was named the September 2001 Poet of the Month by ChicagoPoetry.com The center of Chicago's cyberspace poetry. She acted as producer for the film "Potatoes Gone Bad" (shot on location at the Irish American Heritage Center by the Irish Arts Club) which won the title "Best Narrative Film" from the Chicago Youth Film & Video Festival in 2002. She also produced "The Altruistic Alien" which was included in the Chicago International Children's Film Festival in 2001. She is married to master of Music, Peter Bartels and is the delighted mother of three children- Vincent, 15, Teodoro, 7, and Katrina Marie, 5.