Catherine Graham is the author of Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects (Wolsak and Wynn, 2013, now in its second printing), Winterkill (Insomniac Press, 2010), The Red Element (Insomniac Press, 2008), Pupa (Insomniac Press, 2003) and The Watch (Abbey Press, 1998). Her forthcoming poetry collection, The Celery Forest, will appear fall 2017 with Wolsak and Wynn (Buckrider Books) and her first novel, Quarry, will appear spring 2017 with Two Wolves Press. Winner of the IFOA’s Poetry NOW competition and an Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, her books have been shortlisted for the Raymond Souster Award, CAA Poetry Award and nominated for the ReLit Award. Her poetry has appeared in literary journals in North America, the United Kingdom and Ireland and has been frequently anthologized.
Catherine 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. Published widely, her poems have appeared in The Malahat Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, Glasgow Review of Books, Crannóg Magazine, Books Ireland, The Fiddlehead, Room Magazine, LRC, The New Quarterly, CBC Books, and elsewhere.
Graham has read her work at numerous literary venues and festivals including: The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Bowery Poetry Club, 4th International Congress of Language and Literature, Linares, Mexico, Harbourfont Reading Series, Canada House, Trafalgar Square (London), The Word on the Street, The Scottish Arts Club (Edinburgh), the Edmonton Poetry Festival, The Planet Earth Poetry Reading Series, University of Saskatchewan, Blackwell’s Bookstore, Edinburgh, and the Tree Reading Series.
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.