About

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“If I had to choose one word for [Kathryn’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” (“Whispers and Flames,” (“Whispers and Flames,” In A Fragile Moment: A Landscape of Canadian Poetry by Miguel Angel Olivé Iglesias, HBP, 2019.)

Photo by Alber Hernandez, Cuba

Collections in progress:

Between the Words includes a series –”The Bliss Poems” – lyrical,  free-verse poems written over the pandemic summer of 2020. Bliss is a small boat tied to a dock at the mouth of the Moira River just where it enters the Bay of Quinte. These poems celebrate nature and cycles, but there is also a sense of grieving that haunts the summer. Others delve into the mysteries of music, relationship, and memory. Kathryn’s poems move from an imagistic beginning through a situation to the final lines that open into something wider than words.

A Little Wild is a collection of travel poems, including one long narrative poem. “The Blue Gate” delves into grief and the mysteries of travelling through Kenya. The poem’s narrator is lost in grief when a surprising knock comes to her door bringing an invitation. She crosses the threshold to travel, searching. What she finds surprises. The long poem is followed by poems written in Morocco, and Andalucia, plus seasons sailing in the Caribbean with extended forays into Cuba and Mexico. Among the borders, boundaries, and an unreachable horizon, there are discoveries made and mysteries to ponder.

Kathryn’s poems have appeared in recent anthologies, chapbooks, literary journals in Canada, the U.S., Ireland, and England. Her poem “Seduction” was shortlisted for the Freefall Annual Poetry Contest edited by Gary Barwin. “Seduction” was published in Freefall, the Fall 2020 issue (p 120). She has poems forthcoming in The Beauty of Being Elsewhere, an anthology edited by John B. Lee.

Closer to home, her poems have been published in Between Festivals: A Journal in Time of Pandemic and Lockdown hosted by members of Spirit of the Hills, a regional arts group.

Articles and reviews by Kathryn have appeared in magazines such as Watershed, The Link, and Umbrella.

A Breeze You Whisper: Poems. Available through your local bookstore or online: A Breeze You Whisper

Calla & Édourd: Fiction. Available through the publisher: Hidden Brook Press

The Farm & City Cookbook: Essays and recipes. Available through your local bookstore or online: The Farm & City Cookbook

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; opening 7th from 5 to 7 p.m.), 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:

  • Freelance writer, primarily arts articles
  • 1995-present, writing coach, workshop facilitator, college instructor, analyst/researcher/ghost writer
  • Mid-to-late 1990s: Key to Kingston (editor)
  • 1995: Byron House Publishing (year-long contract as managing editor)
  • 1981 through 1985: Harrowsmith and Equinox magazines and Camden House Publishing (editorial staff)
  • B.A. (University of Windsor); MPA (Queen’s University, Kingston)
  • Writing: studied with Alistair MacLeod; mentored by W.O. Mitchell (U of Windsor)
  • Photography: studied with Bill Law (Art: U of W) and Vern Harvey (Technical: St. Clair College)

Presentations & Workshops:

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

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