Cati Grape

Founder & Owner

of The Lantern English Co.




I was born and raised in Rochester, New York. My siblings and I were homeschooled from kindergarten through twelfth grade. This experience afforded me not only a great education, but countless opportunities to try many different hobbies and connect with people across the globe.


I have always loved writing, but never thought of making it a career. After publishing a novel in 2008, I began getting requests from parents in my homeschooling community asking for writing assistance for their students. With the realization that there were many struggling students and parents, I launched The Lantern English Co. (formerly So Verbose) in 2009. It has been my greatest honor to teach students everything from grammar to essay writing to creative story development. I love seeing students succeed and realize that they can achieve anything they put their mind to!

Everything I do as a business owner and teacher stems from my love for God. The older I get, the more I realize that I do not have all of the answers. But I believe that knowing God creates clarity, purpose, and hope in our lives. I am on a daily journey to discover this as I seek truth, and ultimately, it is my desire that all of my students would discover this for themselves. This life and what we do in this life matters, including what we write and say, and how we do it.


I live in Richmond, Virginia with my husband Tim, our four kids -- Hudson (age 7), Addie (age 5), Chloe (age 4), & Everett (age 1) --, and two very quiet turtles. In addition, we bought a 40-year old house in 2017, so we are always doing a lot of renovations. It's a bit like living in Fixer Upper all the time, which is both exciting and challenging, but very rewarding.