Catherine Graham

graham-catherineCatherine Graham is the author of Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects (Wolsak and Wynn, 2013), Winterkill (Insomniac Press, 2010), The Red Element (Insomniac Press, 2008), Pupa (Insomniac Press, 2003) and The Watch (Abbey Press, 1998). Her poetry has appeared in literary journals in North America, the United Kingdom and Ireland and has been frequently anthologized.

Catherine GrahamCatherine Graham started to write poetry as a way to explore and make sense of the death of her parents, whom she lost while she was an undergraduate student at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. But what began as an outlet for her grief transformed into a passion of its own. She followed this passion to Northern Ireland, where she studied poetry and was influenced by a community of poets and the strong commitment of the Irish people to their writers. While in Northern Ireland, Graham earned an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University and published her first collection of poetry. Her work was broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster and anthologized in The White Page / An Bhileog Bhan: Twentieth Century Irish Women Poets (Salmon Publishing, 1999) and The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, Vol IV & V. In 2000, Graham returned to Burlington, Ontario, where her poetry is now included in a permanent art installation at the city’s Downtown Waterfront Project.

Graham now lives and writes in Toronto, where she teaches creative writing, mentors privately and, along with fellow U of T School of Continuing Studies writing instructors Ibi Kaslik and Ken Murray, helps run The Platform Reading Series.