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Caterina Edwards

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Caterina Edwards was born in England and grew up there and in Calgary.  She studied at the University of Alberta, obtaining a Master of Arts in English. Her thesis was a creative one, written under the direction of Rudy Wiebe and Sheila Watson. She taught creative writing and Canadian literature at almost every postsecondary institution in Edmonton. She is a longtime member of the Writers Union; she has been on the executive of the Writers Guild of Alberta, and is currently the secretary of the Creative Nonfiction Collective.

Caterina Edwards' latest book is a work of creative nonfiction, Finding Rosa: A Mother With Alzheimer's/A Daughter's Serach for the Past. She has also published a novel,The Lion's Mouth, a book of novellas, Whiter Shade of Pale/Becoming Emma, a collection of stories, The Island of the Nightingales,  and many short stories and essays in various magazines and anthologies.  She is compelled to try different genres and in 2006 wrote a radio drama, The Great Antonio,  for CBC'S Sunday Showcase. Her play Terra Straniera was professionally produced in Edmonton and published by Guernica Editions as Homeground. Caterina has also co-edited two books of life writing by women. A collection of essays by critics from Canada, the United States and Istaly, Caterina Edwards: Essays on Her Work, was the first book pbulished by Guernica in its series on Canadian writers.

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Eating Apples: Knowing Women's Lives. co-editor Kay Stewart. Edmonton, AB: NeWest Press, 1994.
The Lion's Mouth. Montreal: Guernica Editions, 1993.
Whiter Shade of Pale/ Becoming Emma. Edmonton, AB: NeWest Press, 1992.
Homeground: A Play. Montreal: Guernica Editions, 1990.
The Island of the Nightingales: Short Stories. Guernica Editions, 2000
Wrestling With the Angel: Women Reclaiming Their lives. Co-editor with Kay Stewart. Red Deer Press, 2000
Finding Rosa. Greystone Books, 2008


Writers Guild of Alberta Short Fiction Award for Island of the Nightingales, 2000
Short List for the Writers Guild of Alberta Award for Drama for Homeground, 1990
Jon Whyte Essay Prize for "What Remains", 2002
Fellowship at Literary Journalism Program at Banff Centre for the Arts, 2003
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