An evening of poetry with Canadian poets Catherine Graham and Kathleen McCracken.
Poetry Ireland is delighted to announce 'Canadian Lines', an event celebrating the work of Canadian poets Catherine Graham and Kathleen McCracken.
Catherine Graham is a Toronto-based novelist and poet. Her sixth poetry collection The Celery Forest was named a CBC Best Book of the Year, appears on their Ultimate Canadian Poetry list and was a finalist for the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. Michael Longley praised it as “a work of great fortitude and invention, full of jewel-like moments and dark gnomic utterance.” Winner of the Toronto International Festival of Authors Poetry NOW competition, her work has appeared in journals and anthologies around the world and she has appeared on CBC Radio One’s The Next Chapter. Her debut novel Quarry won an Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal for Fiction, “The Very Best!” Book Awards for Best Fiction, and was a finalist for both the CAA’s Fred Kerner Book Award and 2018 Sarton Women’s Book Award for Contemporary Fiction. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto where she won an Excellence in Teaching Award. Her next book Aether: an Out-of-Body Lyric will be published next year. Visit her at www.catherinegraham.com. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @catgrahampoet.
Canadian poet Kathleen McCracken is the author of eight collections of poetry including Blue Light, Bay and College (Penumbra Press, 1991), which was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for Poetry in 1992, and a bilingual English/Portuguese edition entitled Double Self Portrait with Mirror: New and Selected Poems (Editora Ex Machina, 2014). She is the recipient of the University of Toronto Review’s Editor's Choice Award for Poetry, the Anne Szumigalski Editor's Prize, the Glebe House Harmony Community Trust Poetry Award and the 2017 Poetry Ireland/Tyrone Guthrie Residency Bursary. She was a finalist for the WB Yeats Society of New York Poetry Competition, the Montreal International Prize for Poetry and The Walrus Poetry Prize. She has held several Ontario Arts Council awards and an Individual Artist Award from the Northern Ireland Arts Council. Her poems have appeared in The Malahat Review, Poetry Canada Review, Exile Quarterly, Poetry Ireland, The Shop, Revival, Abridged, New Orleans Review and Grain, and she has given readings in Canada, Ireland, Portugal, Brazil, the United Kingdom and the United States. Kathleen is currently Lecturer in Creative Writing and Contemporary Literature at Ulster University in Northern Ireland