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Catherine Graham


Catherine Graham’s debut novel, Quarry, was a finalist for the Sarton Women’s Book Award for Contemporary Fiction and Fred Kerner Book Award and won the Miramichi Reader’s “The Very Best!” Book Award and an Independent Publisher Book Awards’ gold medal for Fiction. She is the author of seven acclaimed poetry collections, including Æther: An Outof-Body Lyric, a finalist for the Toronto Book Award and The Celery Forest, a CBC Best Book of the Year and finalist for the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects was a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award and CAA Poetry Award. Her poetry is anthologized in The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, Vol IV & V and The White Page/An Bhileog Bhan: Twentieth Century Irish Women Poets and she was a finalist for the Montreal International Poetry Prize. Publications include: Joyland, Poetry Daily, Poetry Ireland Review, Gutter Magazine, The London Reader, Arc Poetry Magazine, Exile Magazine, The Ulster Tatler, The Malahat Review, Glasgow Review of Books, Verse Daily, The Fiddlehead and more. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto where she won an Excellence in Teaching Award. A previous winner of the Toronto International Festival of Authors’ Poetry NOW competition, she leads their monthly book club and interviews for By the Lake Book Club. Visit her online at and @catgrahampoet. (photo credit:  Marion Voysey)