Photo by James Archbold

Kathryn MacDonald has published in literary journals in Canada, the U.S., Ireland, and England, as well as anthologies. She has enjoyed the publication of three books.

Member: League of Canadian Poets; Quinte Arts Council; Spirit of the Hills Arts Association

A Breeze You Whisper: Poems (Brighton: Hidden Brook Press, 2011)

Review excerpt: “If I had to choose one word for [MacDonald’s] poetry, I’d say ‘sensuality.’ …A Breeze You Whisper entwines, with simplicity and smoothness, two major themes at the core of poetry: nature and love.” Professor Miguel Ángel Olivé Iglesias (“Whispers and Flames,” 131-134, In a Fragile Moment: A Landscape of Canadian Poetry, HBP, 2020).

Calla & Édourd (Brighton: Hidden Brook Press, 2009)

“This novella, set in Eastern Ontario, bubbles with the details of everyday life. The cycle of the seasons is reflected in the lives of the central characters. It is a hymn/lament for that which is passing and that which is past.” (Alistair MacLeod, author of Island and No Great Mischief.) 

For an excerpt, please click here.

…reflects the traditions of farm cooking, using fresh local foods, as well as the rich influences of many cultures on our cuisines….With wit and humour, the authors show how we can be both critical consumers of food and wonderful cooks.

The Farm & City Cookbook: Essays and recipes. (Toronto: Second Story Press, 2005)


Her poem “Duty / Deon” won Arc Award of Awesomeness (shayne avec i grec, judge, January 2021). 

“Seduction” was shortlisted for the Freefall Annual Poetry Contest edited by Gary Barwin and was published in Freefall (Fall 2020).

Photo: Cienfuegos Cuba

Besides my website, other writing includes a blog Adventures Over Land and Sea, sailing the Caribbean from St. Martin to Cuba (for three seasons) and on to Isla Mujeres, Mexico, and finally to the north shore Lake Ontario (2014 through spring, 2017).

Visual Arts:

Kathryn’s photographs and paintings were shown in “Because we are Equal: Rise,” Quinte Arts Council show, Mar 1-31 2020. The 8th Annual Fall SOTH Show, Art Emporium By the River, Port Hope (September 6-30, 2018), The Old Church Gallery, Bailieboro (Summer, 2018), and QAC’s Art in the Community, Bay of Quinte theme, (Summer 2018). Her photographs were accepted in “Liminal-Subliminal” a juried show at the John M. Parrott Gallery (May 3-31, 2018). Jumping back to January 1992-1993, “With a Woman’s Eye: A Photo Retrospective” was mounted at the Ban Righ Centre, Queen’s University.

Other relevant information:

Kathryn earned a B.A. from the University of Windsor and an MPA from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. She studied with Alistair MacLeod and has taken many workshops: Patrick Lane and John Newlove (Collingwood, 1981), more recently with Lorna Crozier (Wintergreen, 2018) and three-six week courses on the craft of poetry with Ellen Bass (online, 2021-2022).

Presentations & Workshops:

Kathryn has enjoyed a varied career, including a stint (4-1/2 years) at Harrowsmith and Equinox magazines and Camden House Books. She has also been a managing editor of a small press, as well as the editor of a city magazine. Kathryn taught literature and writing courses through Ontario’s college system for a dozen years, along with short (non-credit) writing workshops in creative non-fiction, fiction, and memoir.

  • Please contact Kathryn about a presentation or writing workshop for your group or for individual coaching.


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