Graham’s first novel Quarry, launched spring 2017 with Two Wolves Press and her sixth poetry collection, The Celery Forest, launched fall 2017 with Wolsak & Wynn (Buckrider Books). Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects is now in its second printing. Quarry made two bestseller lists during its first week of publication: Ben McNally Books and The Calgary Herald.
Quarry won an Independent Publisher Book Awards gold medal for fiction and “The Very Best!” Book Awards for Best Fiction. Shortlisted for the Fred Kerner Book Award and “The Very Best!” Books Awards for First Book, Quarry is now in its second printing.
The Celery Forest received praise from renown poet Michael Longley: “An impressive new collection, The Celery Forest is both powerful and beautiful, a work of great fortitude and invention, full of jewel-like moments and dark gnomic utterance. It faces into the dark and finds a way through.”
Graham participates at the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival The Hundred Story Wood.
Graham reads and hosts two events at the Toronto International Festival of Authors: Double Interview: Esi Edugyan & Meg Wolitzer and Panel: Brannavan Gnanalingam, Witi Ihimaera & Maryam Madjidi.
Graham participates in “A Halloween Marathon Reading of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” at the Toronto Reference Library.
Read Graham’s contribution to my (small press) writing day.
Watch for Graham’s interviews of the 2018 International Griffin Prize Winner Susan Howe and the 2018 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize Winner Billy-Ray Belcourt in the Hamilton Review of Books.
Read Graham’s blog posts on All Lit Up: Narnia for Ghost Animals: The Story Behind My Poem Winterhill, Poetry Cure: The Celery Forest and Open Book’s 20 Canadian Poets Share Their Favourite Poems of the Last 20 years.
Graham leads the IFOA Book Club 2018.
Two poems appear in Juniper: You Come Home From a Trip Away and Somewhere on the other Side of Here. Read Fireglass at NationalPoetryMonth.CA and Yet Another Landscape with the Fall of Icarus in Train.
Graham visits the Grimsby Public Library to talk about her debut novel Quarry, features at The County Reads Festival in Prince Edward County, reads at the Tartan Turban Secret Reading Series, Minola Review Anthology launch, Toronto’s Deer Park Library, Montreal’s Resonance Reading Series and Knife/Fork/Book.
Graham appears at the 14th annual Poetry Gala and the Love Poetry Festival honouring Milton Acorn and Gwendolyn MacEwen.
Open Book’s Lucky Seven Interview: Catherine Graham’s Path Through The Celery Forest: “A great book alters you physically.”
Graham was an honorary Team Captain for First Book Canada’s annual fundraiser Pongapalooza.
Lisa de Nikolits Open Book Poetic Noir interview with Catherine Graham.
Graham’s poem “The Trees” will appear in the League of Canadian Poets’ Tree Anthology: Heartwood.
Graham appears at the IFOA Weekly event ‘What’s Life Got To Do With It?’
Graham presents and reads her poetry at The Canadian Network for Arts and Learning Conference/Gala in Ottawa on behalf of The Centre for Creative Learning.
Graham is one of the Ireland Park Poets. Walking tour info is available here.
Graham returned to the UK summer 2017 to perform in Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017. She also read her work in London at the University of East London CapLet Series, Manchester at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation and Northern Ireland at the Linen Hall Library (Belfast), The Seamus Heaney HomePlace, and Open House Bangor Festival.
Poems newly published and forthcoming appear in Southword Journal, Train Poetry Journal, dusie: the tuesday poem, FreeFall magazine, Gush: Menstrual Manifestos for Our Times, The Poet’s Quest for God, Glasgow Review of Books, LRC, The White Wall Review, Minola Review, Room Magazine, CV2, Gutter Magazine (Scotland), Catherine the Great Anthology, NationalPoetry Month.ca 2017, Grey Borders, Poems Responding to Sexual Assault Anthology, Locations of Grief Anthology, Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology, Heartwood Anthology, Bosch Bruegel Ekphrastic Poetry Anthology and The Rusty Toque. An interview with Graham appears in Mentor Me: Instruction and Advice for Aspiring Writers.
Read Graham’s poem “It Begins When You Stop Looking, Stops When You Are” in Ireland’s Southword Issue 32 here.
Read Graham’s interview with 2017 winner of the International Griffin Poetry Prize award, Alice Oswald, in The Toronto Review of Books.
Upcoming and recent events include Talking Fresh 2018, Knife Fork Books, Rowers Reading Series, Pivot Reading Series, Junction Reads, FOLD: Brampton Bookbash, Niagara Falls Night of Art, 38th Edition of IFOA, Calgary Memorial Library, Word Up Reading Series, Art Bar Reading Series, Lit Live Reading Series, Planet Earth Reading Series, and OISE’s Wonderful Women Reading Series.
Graham leads a workshop on The Short Poem at CAA’s CanWrite 2017.
Graham, along with Peter Robinson, participated in the Thessaloniki International Book Fair as part of an IFOA delegation this past spring.
Spur Calgary: Books That Spur — Catherine Graham on ‘Quarry’
Graham participated in a poetry walking tour for Doors Open Toronto and Inspiritus Press: Bring the Noise Street Poetry Tour for PEN Canada.
Graham’s poem “Boy and Lawn” has been chosen to be part of Poem in Your Pocket Day, a National Poetry Month program developed by The Academy of American Poets in New York in collaboration with the League of Canadian Poets.
Graham performed on five separate dates as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 with fellow poets, Ian Burgham, Jeanette Lynes and Steven Heighton. Two reviews here, including a 5/5 star review. They were also featured in the Quill & Quire. As a contributor to Scotland’s Gutter Magazine, Graham read her work at two summer launches: Glasgow and Edinburgh.
In celebration of Canada 150, Graham has been invited to lead one IFOA Book Club meeting to help bring Canadian authors and Canadian literature to the forefront. She writes about her book choice here.
Graham’s poem, “Kick the Can” from Taddle Creek is included in the Notable Poems list for 2015 for Best Canadian Poetry 2016.
Graham read at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City and the 4th International Congress of Language and Literature in Linares, Mexico.
CBC includes Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects in 12 Great Books by Canadian Irish Authors.
To help celebrate the Aga Khan Museum’s Marvellous Creatures exhibit Graham read at libraries throughout the GTA this spring/summer to connect children with stories of animals in Islamic art.
For the second year in a row Graham is part of the CCL Poetry Weekend.
Graham’s work is anthologized in Boobs: Women Explore What It Means to Have Breasts.
Read Graham’s poem in Paul Vermeersch’s blog, Sunrise with Sea Monsters, poems inspired by J. M. W. Turner’s painting.
Graham toured the UK during the fall of 2015 with fellow poets, Ian Burgham, Steven Heighton, Jeanette Lynes and Manchester’s Mike Garry. Readings in Manchester at the Chorlton Library, University of Westminster, London, Stratford-upon-Avon, Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh and a workshop at St. Mungo’s Mirrorball, Glasgow. Click here for a review of their University of Westminster reading and here for their feature in Open Book Toronto.
Graham talks about a favourite poem at Open Book Toronto.
Graham is part of Melanie Janisse-Barlow’s The Poets Series, a growing archive of paintings of poets.
Graham is interviewed in Prism International.
Graham’s poem “Asylum Wall” is part of the Toronto Poetry Map.
Read Graham’s article on poet Ruth Roach Pierson in honour of Brick Books Celebration of Canadian Poetry.
Graham’s poem featured in Poetry Daily appears in The Jet Fuel Review Blog.
Graham’s reading with fellow poets and workshop leaders, Steven Heighton, Jeanette Lynes, Steven Campbell and Ian Burgham at the Westport Creative Learning Centre’s Poetry Weekend is broadcast on Bruce Kauffman’s Finding a Voice.
Graham is one of “16 established, treasured Canadian poets” in All Lit Up’s Poetry Primer.
Graham’s “Poetry as Art” was exhibited at Gallery on Wade. “A Stir Among Stars” sold.
Graham’s poem, “The Buried” is one of “Twenty-one More Great Canadian Poems to Know,” as recommended by Todd Swift in the Poetry Foundation/Tupelo Press anthology, Another English: Anglophone Poems From Around The World.
Graham participates in a book trailer for the anthology, I Found It at the Movies.
Graham’s poem “There Is a Stir, Always” is featured in Verse Daily.
Graham’s Rusty Talk interview with Belfast novelist, Glenn Patterson.
Artist Steve McCabe;s visual response to Graham’s poem, “Crown Island.”
Graham’s poem “Between His Finger and His Thumb” appears in Poetry Daily.
Graham is a PageTurner for Project Bookmark Canada.
An excerpt of Graham’s work-in-progress novel, Quarry appears in Joyland.
Four new poems by Graham are featured in Eyewear.
View Graham’s reading of “Cloak” in the Room 36.3 Trailer: Murder, Lust and Larceny.
The Scottish Poetry Library‘s review of Graham reading at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Summerhall, with poets A. F. Moritz, Ian Burgham, Todd Swift and Douglas Dunn.
Graham’s Seven Treasures on Allyson Latta’s Blog.
Graham is the inaugural judge for the Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest.
Recent poems appear/are forthcoming in The Fiddlehead, The Ulster Tatler, Taddle Creek, Room Magazine, The Toronto Review of Books, The Lonely Offices, Crannóg Magazine (Ireland), Prairie Fire, The Rusty Toque, Descant Magazine, Echolocation, The Antigonish Review, The LRC, Branch, The Malahat Review, The Toronto Quarterly, The Puritan, Existere, Misunderstandings Magazine, Northern Poetry Review, They Will Take My Island, Keeppoemsalive and short story in Joyland: a hub for short fiction.
Graham’s writing is anthologized in The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, Vol IV & V, The White Page /An Bhileog Bhan: Twentieth Century Irish Women Poets (Salmon Poetry), She’s Shameless (Tightrope Books), A Generation Defining Itself: In Our Own Words Volume 8 (USA), And Left a Place to Stand On an anthology of poetry and essays on Al Purdy and Leonard Cohen You’re Our Man (Foundation for Public Poetry, Montreal), The Art of Poetic Inquiry (Backalong Books), Variety Crossing 12th Edition (Variety Crossing Press), Poet to Poet Anthology (Guernica Editions), I Found it at the Movies (Guernica Editions), The Other 23½ Hours (Wolsak & Wynn), Boobs: Women Explore What It Means to Have Breasts, The Poet’s Quest for God (Eyewear Publishing), and forthcoming in Menstruation Anthology and Mentor Me: Instruction and Advice for Aspiring Writers.
Graham was a participant in Nina Leo’s Nuit Blanche event Apollonia (2012).
Graham’s poem “Moths” is critiqued on Long Story Short.
Graham is the editor of Todd Swift’s poetry collection When All My Disappointments Came at Once (Tightrope Books, 2012) and his forthcoming collection The Ministry of Emergency Situations: Selected Poems 1983-2013 (Marick Press, 2014). She is also the editor of Ian Burgham’s poetry collection The Grammar of Distance (Tightrope Books, 2010).
Read Graham’s winning poem: The Queen Is Not Welcome Here.
Read Graham’s Tribute to P.K. Page at The Malahat Review.
Graham returns as Poetry In Voice judge at R.H. King Academy.
Graham’s poetry is showcased in Poetry is Public.
Nathaniel G. Moore chooses Winterkill as one of the 31 Books of December in Open Book: Toronto.
Read Mark Sampson’s online review of Winterkill.
Find out what Jessica Westhead is reading at The New Quarterly’s Who’s Reading What.
Graham is quoted in “The 6 A’s of Healthy Bereavement,” Alive Magazine.
Read Graham’s work in Glossolalia.
Watch for upcoming bookmarks from Project Bookmark Canada.
View Graham’s contributions to Words Travel Fast at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.
The Torontoist speaks to Catherine Graham about the Rowers Pub Reading Series.
Graham’s work is discussed in The Best American Poetry blog.
Ten Questions with Catherine Graham.
Graham is one of the women chosen to participate in Luminato’s Toronto Mille Femmes.
Catherine Graham has been “seen reading”.
Graham has read her work at such venues as Ulster University (Coleraine, Northern Ireland), Crescent Arts Centre (Belfast) and Surrey New Writers Festival, UK, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Canada House, Trafalgar Square UK, The Battle of the Bards, Scottish Arts Club Edinburgh, Hillside Festival, Harbourfront Reading Series, The Word on the Street, University of Westminster UK, Chorlton Library Manchester, The Elora Writers’ Festival, The Art Bar Reading Series, Grit Lit, Lit City/Doors Open, Cobourg’s POW! Festival, Prince Edward County Authors Festival, Toronto Reference Library, King Edward VI School (Shakespeare’s School, Stratford-upon-Avon), The Red Hair Gallery, Planet Earth Poetry, Edmonton Poetry Festival and TIFF Bell Lightbox.