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Kim Fahner

Photo: Gerry Kingsley 2017

Kim Fahner lives and writes 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 currently the Ontario Representative for The Writers' Union of Canada (2020-22), a member of The League of Canadian Poets, and a supporting member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada.  She has published one chapbook, You Must Imagine The Cold Here (Scrivener Press, 1997), as well as four full collections of poetry, including: 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 and her next book of poetry.

Two of her plays, "Sparrows Over Slag" and "Letters to the Man in the Moon," have had staged readings as part of Pat the Dog Theatre Creation's PlaySmelter New Work Theatre Festival in 2018 & 2019 at the Sudbury Theatre Centre. 

Kim was the fourth poet laureate for the City of Greater Sudbury (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. 

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.


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You Must Imagine The Cold Here. 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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