Catherine Chandler

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Catherine Chandler
Catherine Chandler

Catherine Marie Chandler (born 1950 in New York City) is an American poet and translator. The eldest of seven children, she was raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where she attended St. John's School and James M. Coughlin High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in French and Spanish from Wilkes University and a Master of Arts in Education (Culture and Values in Education) from McGill University, her thesis being a case study of values-based education at a Maryland middle school.

Chandler's work has appeared in numerous print and online journals and anthologies, including Able Muse, Alabama Literary Review, American Arts Quarterly, The Centrifugal Eye, Comstock Review, First Things, Iambs and Trochees, Light Quarterly, The Lyric, Measure, Möbius, Orbis, Quadrant, The Raintown Review, Texas Poetry Journal and many others. She is the author of Lines of Flight (Able Muse Press, 2011 [1] ), a highly acclaimed full-length collection of poetry in various forms, including the sonnet, pantoum, rondeau (poetry), villanelle, triolet, sapphic stanza, ballad stanza, quatrain, cinquain, cento (poetry) and other forms. She is the author of three chapbooks, For No Good Reason, All or Nothing, and This Sweet Order (White Violet Press/Kelsay Books), and is co-editor of Passages (The Greenwood Centre for Living History,[2] 2010). Her second full-length collection of poetry, Glad and Sorry Seasons was published in the Spring of 2014 by Biblioasis Press of Windsor, Ontario.

Chandler has lectured in Spanish at McGill University’s Department of Languages and Translation for many years and also acted as the university's International Affairs Officer. She also taught Spanish at Concordia University in Montreal, and has taught music, French and English for the Commission scolaire des Trois-Lacs [3] in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region of Quebec. She has lived in Canada since 1972, holds dual United States and Canadian citizenship, and currently resides in Saint-Lazare, Quebec.


Chandler is the recipient of the 2010 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award for her poem "Coming to Terms", the final judge being A.E. Stallings. She was also a finalist for the Nemerov award in 2008 ("Missing"), 2009 ("Singularities"), 2012 ("Composure") and 2013 ("The Watchers at Punta Ballena, Uruguay"), and won The Lyric Quarterly Prize in 2004 ("Franconia"). Six of her poems, including “66”,[4] “Body of Evidence” [5] and “Writ” [6] received Pushcart Prize nominations, and her poem, “66” was a finalist for the Best of the Net award in 2006. Her first full-length collection, Lines of Flight (Able Muse Press, 2011), was shortlisted for the Poets' Prize in 2013. She has received numerous endorsements for her work, including praise from Richard Wilbur, Rhina Espaillat, Eric Ormsby, and X. J. Kennedy.




  1. ^ "Lines of Flight : Release Announcement". Eratosphere. 2011-04-17. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  2. ^ "Greenwood Centre for Living History". Virtual Museum of Canada. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  3. ^ "Mot de Bienvenue". Commission scolaire des Trois-Lacs. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  4. ^ "66". 14 by 14. 2011-03-29. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  5. ^ "Body of Evidence". The Flea. 2009-05-15. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  6. ^ "Writ". The Flea. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 

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