News & Readings

Catherine Graham at PodiumÆther: An Out-of-Body Lyric is now out with with Wolsak and Wynn, Buckrider Books. View the launch here. More info here. Read an excerpt here: Glasgow Review of Books and here: Ice Floe Press and here: The Bangor Literary Journal. Graham’s second novel, The Most Cunning Heart, appears Spring 2022 with Palimpsest Press. A chapbook with Knife | Fork | Book and her eighth poetry collection, Put Flowers Around Us and Pretend We’re Dead, are forthcoming.

Graham’s poem “If Tiny Crystals Form Close to the Earth’s Surface They Form Diamond Dust” was selected for the 2021 Poem in Your Pocket Day booklet.

Graham reads at the Gloucester Poetry Festival Oct 4, 2021.

Graham’s poem “Spell” wins Arc Poetry Magazine’s Arc Award of Awesomeness.

Graham reads at The Bangor Literary Journal Launch Issue 14 and The Art Bar Reading Series.

View Graham’s appearance on Word on the Street Weekly Feature.

Graham participates virtually in the International Poetry Festival Azem Shkreli, Peja Republic of Kosovo.

Graham’s poetry is anthologized in The Montreal Poetry Prize Anthology and Resistance: Righteous Rage in the Age of #Metoo and her poem “You in Dream” appears in the LCP chapbook: you are a flower growing off the side of a cliff.

Recent publications include Arc Poetry Magazine, Exile Magazine, The Literary Review of Canada, The Malahat Review, Send My Love to Anyone, The Bangor Literary Journal, Poem in Your Pocket Day, Event Magazine, you are a flower growing off the side of the cliff: a chapbook about mental health and resiliency, Susreti Magazine, Meltdown Poetry 2020, Cypress: A Literary Journal, Freefall Magazine, The Quarantine Review, Deep Time Vol 2, The Pi Review, The Red House: An Anthology of Genre and Speculative Poems, Poetry Present: From the Poet Laureate of CobourgLight Anthology (Soap Box Press) and her poem “Put Flowers Around Us and Pretend We’re Dead” was shortlisted for the Montreal International Poetry Prize. Work is forthcoming in Hologram: Homage to P.K. Page, Montreal Prize Anthology, Release Any Words Stuck Inside of You III, and University College Dublin’s Belfield Literary Review.

Read Graham’s six poems in IceFloe Press and more here.

Graham was a featured reader at Poetry London. View her reading here.

Graham’s poems are featured in Museum London.

Graham interviews Dorothy Ellen Palmer for By the Lake Book Club.

Graham’s poem “Peach” appears in The Ekphratic Review and TERcets, their first podcast.

Graham participated in the Toronto International Festival of Authors 2020 as both moderator and interviewer. View her Writers’ Trust Canada The Re-Read interviews here

Graham recently interviewed the following authors: Lorna Crozier (the eh List Writers Series), Anar Ali (By the Lake Book Club) and Damian Rogers (TIFA).

She also moderated two The Re-Read events for TIFA and The Writers’ Trust of Canada.

Read Graham’s Backstory of the Poem here.

Graham led a Poetry Craft Talk, Seeing into Seeing: The Eye at Work.

Graham is named one of 6 Poets You Should Know: Contemporary Poets Mining the Depths of Language.

Graham’s poems appear in the Aga Khan Museum’s Sanctuary Exhibit.

Hear Graham read her poem “Masks” at Poetry and Healing.

Graham’s poem “Tulips” appears in Mark Raynes Roberts’ Creation in Isolation: Hope and Beauty Matter.

Read three of Graham’s poems in Burning House Press (UK), Talking About Strawberries and Watch Your Head. More about Watch Your Head here and here.

Graham talks about why she loves the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop on The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers.

Graham participates in the 40th Edition of TIFA and appears in this TIFA comic.

Graham led a talk: Making and Breaking Patterns in Poetry for the CAA Toronto Branch during National Poetry Month.

Graham interviews Gabriela Ybarra and Anar Ali for the TIFA / By-the-Lake Book Club.

Read Graham’s contribution to the TIFA Blog: Ten Reasons to Join the TIFA Book Club.

Read Graham’s interview in Wombwell Rainbow.  

Read about some of Graham’s favourite books in The Poetry Question.

Watch for Graham’s interviews with Eve Joseph, winner of the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize, and International Shortlist Griffin Poetry Prize poets Luljeta Lleshanaku and her translator Ani Gjika in Hamilton Review of Books.

Quarry is reviewed in Consumed by Ink: “The star of this book is truly the writing; poetic, lyrical, vivid.”

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. A finalist for the 2018 Sarton Women’s Book Award for Contemporary Fiction, Fred Kerner Book Award and “The Very Best!” Books Awards for First Book, Quarry is now in its second printing.

A Best Canadian Poetry Collection of 2017, and shortlisted for the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in PoetryThe Celery Forest appears on CBC Book’s Ultimate Canadian Poetry List.

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 talks about her debut novel Quarry on CBC Radio One’s The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers.

Graham appears on a panel with Kathleen McCracken at the University College Dublin conference Text/Sound/Performance: Making in Canadian Space. 

Graham has been invited to read at Poetry Ireland, Dublin and the Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Northern Ireland.

Graham leads a workshop on The Short Poem at Knife / Fork / Book.

Read Graham’s Train interview here and the poetry mini interviews here.

Graham’s poems appear in the Stag Hill Literary Journal (UK).

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 is the “International Feature” in The Bangor Literary Journal. Read her poem The Woman in the Grand Canal, Dublin.

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.

Read Graham’s interview with Susan Howe, winner of the 2018 International Griffin Prize and Billy-Ray Belcourt, winner of the2 018 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize in the Hamilton Review of Books.

Two of Graham’s poem appear in Poetry Pause: Domestic and There Is a Stir, Always. The Cutting Reason appears on 3Quarks Daily and Graham appears at the OLA Superconference 2019.

Graham is published in The London Reader’s #MeToo Stories of Survival Issue.

Graham participates in Diaspora Dialogues Literary Salon Series, Spring 2019.

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 continues her role as TIFA Book Club leader for 2019 and is an interviewer for Humber School of Creative & Performing Arts / Toronto International Festival of Authors By the Lake Book Club.

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, Knife/Fork/Book and appears on the CAA panel: Crossing Over.

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” appears 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 JournalTrain Poetry Journaldusie: the tuesday poem, Window and Mirror, FreeFall magazine, Gush: Menstrual Manifestos for Our Times, The Poet’s Quest for GodGlasgow Review of Books, LRC, The White Wall Review, Minola Review, Room Magazine, CV2, Gutter Magazine (Scotland)Catherine the Great Anthology, NationalPoetry 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 BookbashNiagara Falls Night of Art, 38th Edition of IFOA, Calgary Memorial Library, Word Up Reading Series, Art Bar Reading SeriesLit 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 TIFA.

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 hosts at IFOA , interviews Claire Cameron for The eh List Authors Series and reads at the Spur Festival event: A Night of Irish Music this spring.

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 portrait appears in Portraits of Canadian Writers (Bruce Meyer, Porcupine’s Quill).

Graham was one of the winning writers for the What’s Your Story? Contest. More info here, including her commissioned poem I Am One of 1511 Patients Resting at Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital Cemetery.

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 interviews Griffin Award-winning poets Michael Longley and Jane Munro and Griffin-nominated poets Russell Thornton and Don Paterson in The Rusty Toque.

Read Graham’s photo essay with photographer Elle Buetow (Toronto Clicks) for the Koffler Centre of the Arts. On May 7 2016 Graham and Buetow led a Jane’s Walk at The Beaches.

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.

Winner of the 6th annual Poetry NOW competition, Graham was a featured reader at Harbourfront’s IFOA and one of the judges for the 7th Battle. She is hosting two events at this year’s IFOA.

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 is a featured reading at the Edmonton Poetry Festival and the Planet Earth Poetry Reading Series.

Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects is featured in Brick Books’ Celebration of Canadian Poetry and as part of the League of Canadian Poets: Food and Poetry theme at 49th Shelf.

Graham’s fifth collection, Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects, launched fall, 2013, was a finalist for the League of Canadian Poets’ Raymond Souster Award and the CAA Poetry Award.

Two new poems appear in The Humber Literary Review , plus an on-line profile interview.

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 is the winner of the IFOA’s Poetry NOW 6th annual Battle of the Bards.

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 interviewed in Ottawa Life, The Toronto Quarterly, The Library of Pacific Tranquility, Good Reads, Rob McLennan’s blog and Open Book Ontario.

Graham is a PageTurner for Project Bookmark Canada.

An excerpt of Graham’s work-in-progress novel, Quarry appears in Joyland.

Stuart Ross listed Graham’s Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects as one of his 13 poetry favourites from 2013 along with Kate Sutherland.

Four new poems by Graham are featured in Eyewear.

Read How Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects Came into Being at The Puritan’s Town Crier.

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 MagazineThe 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.

Read Graham’s interview in Shorthand Diaspora Dialogues, Canadian Career Gal/Gals We Admire, The Word on the Street Interview Series, Open Book Toronto and Speaking of Poems.

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.

To be informed of Graham’s future readings please join the Patchy Squirrel Lit Serve or check out the event page at Open Book: Toronto.