Tonight's featured Poets Series poet - Catherine Graham
Happy to present Poets Series poet Catherine Graham! As you can see, this painting is a work in progress, and will be one of the many paintings that shall be completed because of your generous donations to the Kickstarter. Catherine was just on tour in England with some poets who are also in the series - Ian Burgham and Steven Heighton. Its awesome to see the series grow!
Catherine Graham teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies where she was honoured to receive an Excellence in Teaching Award. She, along with fellow instructors Ibi Kaslik and Ken Murray, help run The Platform, a reading series for instructors and students at U of T SCS. The next reading happens on Dec 14th. Here is a link to that event: https://www.facebook.com/events/205442786455062/ Catherine’s most recent collection, Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects (Wolsak & Wynn) was nominated for the Raymond Souster Poetry Award and the Canadian Authors Association Poetry Award. She won the IFOA’s Battle of the Bards reciting poems from that collection.
This past October Catherine and fellow poets Ian Burgham, Steven Heighton, Jeanette Lynes and Manchester poet, Mike Garry formed a poetry tour group called The Shaken and the Stirred. They read all over the UK, including Chorlton Library in Manchester, University of Westminster where Pink Floyd first played, Shakespeare’s school in Stratford-upon-Avon, and the Scottish Arts Club in Edinburgh where the event combined poetry with whisky tasting. Catherine also had a fabulous time leading a workshop on the short poem for the Glasgow poetry group, St. Mungo’s Mirrorball at the Mitchell Library. The leader of the group had this to say about the experience:
“Catherine Graham's workshops challenge and inspire. She is a warm and enthusiastic guide to both appreciating the intricacies of poetic craft and opening up a writer's individual voice. Be warned; you will come away with a notebook full of quotations, jottings, and scribbles, each the delicate beginning of a poem, and each demanding your immediate attention. After one of Catherine's workshops you are going to be busy."
Her work has appeared widely including such publications as The Malahat Review, The Ulster Tatler, The Fiddlehead, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, The Rusty Toque, The New Quarterly, The Puritan, Prairie Fire, Taddle Creek, The Humber Literary Review, Room Magazine and most recently The White Wall Review. She’s also anthologized in The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, Vol. IV & V and The White Page: Twentieth Century Irish Women Poets. You can find her on the web at www.catherinegraham.com and follow her on Twitter here: @catgrahampoet.