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Kim Fahner

Photo: Gerry Kingsley 2017

Kim Fahner lives, writes and teaches English in Sudbury, Ontario.  She has published her work in a number of Canadian and international poetry journals and anthologies over the last twenty years.  Kim is a member of the Writers' Union of Canada, The League of Canadian Poets, and PEN Canada.  She has published five volumes of poetry, including You Must Imagine The Cold Here (Your Scrivener Press, 1997), braille on water (Penumbra Press, 2001), The Narcoleptic Madonna (Penumbra Press, 2012), Some Other Sky (Black Moss Press, 2017), and These Wings (Pedlar Press, 2019).

Kim had the honour of studying with Timothy Findley as her mentor at the Humber School for Writers. In Summer 2014, Kim attended The Sage Hill Writing Experience in Saskatchewan, where she worked on her poetry manuscript in the Poetry Colloqium with Ken Babstock. In April 2016, she worked on her first novel, a piece of historical fiction set in a Northern Ontario mining town, at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, under the mentorship of Lawrence Hill. 

She is currently working on her second novel. Two of her one act plays, "Ghost of a Chance" and "Sparrows Over Slag," had staged readings (in 2016) at the Sudbury Theatre Centre through the Playwrights' Junction, with assistance from Matthew Heiti and Lisa O'Connell of Pat the Dog Theatre Creation. She received a Theatre Creators' Reserve (TCR) grant from the Ontario Arts Council in 2017 to further develop "Sparrows Over Slag." She also received a Theatre Creators' grant from the OAC, in January 2019, to develop her next play, tentatively titled "Letters to the Man in the Moon." 

Kim was the fourth poet laureate for the City of Greater Sudbury (for the tenure  of 2016-18)  and she was the first woman to be appointed to this role. During her time as laureate, she raised awareness of how poetry could positively weave itself into palliative care units, how it could promote and encourage literacy and creativity for children and young people, and how poetry and creative writing could help those who struggle with mental health issues. She continues to advocate for these causes in her work as a writer and teacher. 

Kim's poem, "They Shall Have Homes, 1928," was chosen as an Honourable Mention in the League of Canadian Poets' National Broadsheet Competition for 2019. 

Kim posts on Twitter as @modernirish, and also on Instagram as kimfahner.

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You Must Imagine The Cold Here. Your Scrivener Press, 1997
braille on water. Penumbra Press, 2001
The Narcoleptic Madonna. Penumbra Press, 2012
Some Other Sky . Black Moss Press, 2017
These Wings. Pedlar Press, 2019
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