Recognized as one of Edmonton’s most eclectic poet-performers, Kath MacLean’s unique muse and creative delivery attract attention wherever she reads. Known for rich images, “breath-taking lyricism” and musicality, her award-winning poetry, prose, and non-fiction is generating critical acclaim across Canada.
Praised by the likes of Al Purdy, Judith Fitzgerald, and George Elliot Clarke, Kath’s first book For a Cappuccino on Bloor was the recipient of the New Muse Award and was short-listed for the Kalamalka Press New Writers Competition.
Kath’s poetry has also been broadcast on CBC Radio, and she’s been a popular guest on arts and entertainment radio shows from coast to coast when touring her work. Locally, she has appeared on CJSR-FM and A Channel and performed at the Edmonton Poetry Festival, ROAR, the Edmonton Olive Reading Series, and in the Nonfiction Reading Series at the Carrot Café. In March 2011 Kath was chosen as the only prairie poet to compete in Toronto's prestigious Battle of the Bard at Harbourfront.
A strong voice within Edmonton's arts community, Kath frequently teaches creative writing at Grant MacEwan University & the University of Alberta and continues to edit manuscripts for artists and businesses at Vicious Editing. As a certified teacher (4 – 12) she visits classrooms across the city delivering workshops in writing and performance. This year she will be encouraging kids to write about Edmonton's High Level Bridge, an anthology she is editing in honour of its centennial celebration. Recently (2009 – 2010) Kath was Writer in Residence for the Canadian Author's Association (Edmonton Branch) and in January 2012 she will begin her term as mentor at the Writer's Guild of Alberta.
Kath will be launching Seed Bone & Hammer, a CD of performance poetry on December 10th at the Kasbar Lounge 10444 Whyte Ave. She has also recently completed a new manuscript of poetry entitled Kat Among the Tigers based on the journals and correspondence of modern short-fiction writer Katherine Mansfield.