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Catherine Graham

Catherine Graham

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Catherine Graham (Hon B.A., B.Ed., M.A. in creative writing) is a Toronto-based writer of poetry and fiction. Among her seven poetry collections The Celery Forest was named a CBC Best Book of the Year and appears on their Ultimate Canadian Poetry List. Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects was a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award and CAA Award for Poetry and her debut novel, Quarry, was a finalist for the Sarton Women’s Book Award for Contemporary Fiction and Fred Kerner Book Award and won the Miramichi Reader’s “The Very Best!” Book Award and an Independent Publisher Book Awards’ gold medal for Fiction. Her poems have been translated into Greek, Serbo-Croatian, Bangla, Chinese and Spanish and have appeared in The Malahat Review, Arc Poetry Magazine, Glasgow Review of Books, Exile Quarterly, Poetry Daily, Poetry Ireland, Gutter Magazine and anthologized in The White Page / An Bhileag Bhan: Twentieth Century Irish Women Poets and The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, Vol IV & V. A finalist for the Montreal International Poetry Prize, she won the Arc Award of Awesomeness and her poems have been nominated for the 2020 National Magazine Award by Exile Magazine. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto where she won an Excellence in Teaching Award. A previous winner of the Toronto International Festival of Authors’ Poetry NOW, she leads their monthly book club and is also an interviewer for By the Lake Book Club. Her most recent poetry collection is Æther: An Out-of-Body Lyric. A novel, The Most Cunning Heart, is forthcoming. Visit @catgrahampoet. An experienced teacher, she works with students of all age groups.

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Presentation Description

Catherine engages students by sharing her work, answering questions, leading writing exercises and guiding students through the creative process. A former elementary teacher, high school teacher and Writer-in-Residence, Catherine enjoys sharing her passion for creative writing and igniting that passion in others.

Presentation Length:
60 min.
Poetry, Fiction
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Workshop Description:

Upon consultation with the classroom teacher, writing activities are linked to topics students are studying in the classroom. My approach is a “hands-on” engagement with creativity: generating ideas, writing the draft, revising the draft and preparing for publication.