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Kate Braid

Kate Braid

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Kate Braid was born in Alberta, raised in Montreal, went to school in New Brunswick and now lives in British Columbia. For fifteen years she worked in construction as a labourer, apprentice, journey carpenter, contractor and trades instructor. She then taught creative writing (poetry and creative non-fiction) at Malaspina University-College in Nanaimo (now Vancouver Island University) at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and at various workshops across the country.  She now writes full-time from her home in Victoria and on Pender Island, and occasionally teaches.

c/o Writers' Union of Canada
Victoria, BC
Poetry and Creative Non-Fiction
I write professionally in the following language(s):


Hammer & Nail: Notes of a Journeywoman (Essays). 2020, Caitlin Press
Elemental (Poetry). 2018, Caitlin Press
In Fine Form: A Contemporary Look at Canadian Form Poetry. Second Edition. Edited with Sandy Shreve. 2016, Caitlin Press
Rough Ground Revisited (Poetry). 2015 , Caitlin Press
Journeywoman: Swinging a Hammer in a Man's World (Memoir). 2012, Caitlin Press
To This Cedar Fountain (Poetry) Second Edition. 2012 (First edition, 1995), Caitlin Press (First edition, Polestar Book Publishers)
Inward to the Bones: Georgia O'Keeffe's Journey with Emily Carr (Poetry). 2010 (First edition, 1998), Caitlin Press (First edition, Polestar Book Publishers)
Turning Left to the Ladies (Poetry). 2009, Palimpsest Press
A Well-Mannered Storm: The Glenn Gould Poems. 2008, Caitlin Press
In Fine Form: The Canadian Book of Form Poetry. Edited with Sandy Shreve. 2005, Raincoast Books
Editor: The Fish Come in Dancing: Stories from the West-Coast Fishery (Interviews). 2002, Strawberry Hill, Lantzville BC
Emily Carr: Rebel Artist (Biography). 2000, XYZ Publishing. Now carried by Dundurn Publishing
Covering Rough Ground (Poetry). 1991, Polestar Publishers
Igniting the Green Fuse: Four Canadian Women Poets (Chapbook). 2012, above & beyond productions
Inviting the Incubus, Kissing the Succubi: The Muse in Canadian Women's Poetry (Chapbook). 2005, Living Archives of The Feminist Caucus, The League of Canadian Poets
A Woman's Fingerprint (Chapbook). 1997, (m)Other Tongue Press
Small Songs (Chapbook). 1994, Published for the Hawthorne Society by Reference West
Looking Ahead: Profiles of Two Canadian Women in Trades (Interviews). n.d., Labour Canada
Building the Future: Profiles of Canadian Women in Trades (Interviews). n.d. , Labour Canada
Red Bait! Struggles of a Mine Mill Local. Co-written with Al King. 1998, Kingbird Publishing, Vancouver


Pandora's Collective BC Writers Mentor Award, 2016
Vancouver Mayor's Award for the Literary Arts, 2015
Remarkable Woman of the Arts (Vancouver), 2012
Writer in Residence: Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Taos, New Mexico, 2012
Saving Wildwood Society, First prize, Poetry
Vancity Book Prize for Inward to the Bones, 1999
Pat Lowther Memorial Award (Shortlisted) for Inward to the Bones, 1999
Milton Acorn People's Poetry Award (Shortlisted) for Inward to the Bones, 1999
Lapointe Acorn-Livesay People's Festival Contest (Second prize, Poetry) for "December Carol", 1999
(m)Other Tongue Press (Second prize, National Chapbook Contest) for A Woman's Fingerprint, 1997
BC Book Prize (Shortlist) for To This Cedar Fountain, 1996
Pat Lowther Memorial Award for Covering Rough Ground, 1991
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