We are delighted to welcome to The Crescent Canadian poets Catherine Graham and Kathleen McCracken and former Canadian resident Julie Morrissy for an evening of poetry.
All three poets are writers whose works bring a range of distinctive perspectives to ‘the Canadian experience’. Rich and daring in their approaches to poetic form, deeply engaged with concerns ranging from gender politics to environmental depredation, from the mapping of private and public landscapes to cultural hybridity, these are poetries that are at once decidedly Canadian and refreshingly transcultural.
Catherine Graham is a Toronto-based writer of poetry and fiction. Among her six poetry collections, The Celery Forest was named a CBC Books Top 10 Canadian Poetry Collection of 2017 and Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects was a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award and CAA Award for Poetry. Her debut novel Quarry won an Independent Publisher Book Awards gold medal for fiction. She received an Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Toronto and was also winner of the International Festival of Authors’ Poetry NOW. Her work is anthologized in The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, Vol IV & V and The White Page/An Bhileog Bhan: Twentieth Century Irish Women Poets and has appeared in The Ulster Tatler, Academy of American Poets, Poetry Daily, The Fiddlehead, Poetry Ireland Review, Southword Journal, Malahat Review and on CBC Radio One’s The Next Chapter. She has read her work at the Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, University of East London, Belfast’s Linen Hall Library, International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester, the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City, Thessaloniki International Book Fair, Bangor’s Open House Festival and the 4th International Congress of Language and Literature in Linares, Mexico. www.catherinegraham.com. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @catgrahampoet.
Julie Morrissy is a poet and PhD candidate at Ulster University, where she is Vice-Chancellor Research Scholar. In 2016 she was named one of Poetry Ireland's "Rising Generation" poets. Her pamphlet I Am Where is published by Eyewear Press, and her debut collection Where, the Mile End is forthcoming in 2019 with BookThug (Canada). Morrissy has been shortlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize, and she has published and performed her work internationally.
Kathleen McCracken is a Canadian poet from Dundalk, Ontario. She 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, A Geography of Souls (Thistledown Press, 2002), Mooncalves (Exile Editions, 2007) and Tattoo Land (Exile Editions, 2009). Most recently, a bilingual English/Portuguese edition of her poetry entitled Double Self Portrait with Mirror: New and Selected Poems, and featuring a preface by Medbh McGuckian, was published by the Brazilian press Editora Ex Machina. She is the recipient of the University of Toronto Review’s Editor's Choice Award for Poetry, the Anne Szumigalski Editor's Prize, First & Second Prize in the Glebe House Harmony Community Trust Poetry Competition and was a finalist in the WB Yeats Society of New York Poetry Competition (2016), The Montreal Poetry Competition (2017) and The Walrus Poetry Prize (2017). 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.