Catherine Owen (writer)
Catherine Owen is a Canadian writer and musician from Vancouver, British Columbia. She now lives in a heritage home called Delilah in Edmonton, AB but returns to the Lower Mainland for film work.
Early life and education
She earned a bachelor's degree in 1999 and master's degree in English Literature in 2001 from Simon Fraser University. She runs Crow Tutoring, Editing and Life Coaching services, art models for photographers/painters, is a performance artist, and works in Film Props.
She has been the singer/bassist for the metal band Grieve (formerly Medea). She also created INHUMAN (2002-2010) and Helgrind (2008-2009) with her co-composer Chris Matzigkeit (1981-2010).
She is the author of ten collections of poetry, among them Dear Ghost, (Buckrider Books, 2017), Designated Mourner (ECW Press, 2014), Trobairitz (Anvil Press 2012), Seeing Lessons (Wolsak & Wynn 2010) and Frenzy (Anvil Press 2009), which also won the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry in 2010. Her poems are included in several recent anthologies such as Forcefield: 77 Women Poets of BC (Mothertongue Press, 2013) and This Place a Stranger: Canadian Women Travelling Alone (Caitlin Press, 2014). Stories have appeared in Urban Graffiti, Memewar Magazine, Lit n Image (US) and TORONTO Quarterly.
Catherine Owen's work has been reviewed by Quill and Quire, Urban Graffiti, The Bull Calf Review, Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and Review, while also being the subject for the academic paper entitled, Catherine Owen’s “Dodo” as Animal Rights Theory by Terry Trowbridge, published in Ariel: A Review of International English Literature from the University of Calgary, and another essay, Catherine Owen's "Severance Package" and the Limits of Ecological History also by Trowbridge, published in Rampike from the University of Windsor. She has also published a volume of essays and memoirs called Catalysts: Confrontations with the Muse (Wolsak & Wynn, 2012), edited a collection of interviews and writing practices known as The Other 23 and a Half Hours or Everything You Wanted To Know That Your MFA Didn't Teach You (Wolsak & Wynn, 2015) and has a compilation of short stories/sliver called The Day of the Dead, out from Caitlin Press in 2016. In 2020, Wolsak and Wynn will publish her anthology of grief memoirs by 24 Canadian writers titled Locations of Grief: an emotional geography.
- Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry in 2010
- Nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award (1999) and the BC Book Prize (2002), along with the George Ryga Award, the Re-lit Prize (2006, 2018) and the Pat Lowther Award (2018).
- Dear Ghost, (2017) from Buckrider Books
- The Day of the Dead (2016) from Caitlin Press
- The Other 23 & a Half Hours: Or Everything You Wanted to Know that Your MFA Didn’t Teach You (2015) from Wolsak and Wynn (ISBN 9781928088004)
- Designated Mourner (2014) from ECW Press (ISBN 9781770412033)
- Catalysts: Confrontations with the muse (2012) from Wolsak and Wynn (ISBN 9781894987592)
- Seeing Lessons (2010) from Wolsak and Wynn.
- Frenzy (2009) from Anvil Press (ISBN 9781897535004)
- Dog (2008) from Mansfield Press (ISBN 9781894469340)
- Fyre (2007) from Above Ground Press
- Shall: Ghazals (2006) from Wolsak and Wynn (ISBN 189498708X)
- Cusp/Detritus: An Experiment in Alleyways (2006) from Anvil Press (ISBN 1895636744)
- The Wrecks of Eden (2002) from Wolsak and Wynn (ISBN 0919897800)
- Somatic: The Life & Work of Egon Schiele (1998) from Exile Editions (ISBN 1550962345).
- "Interview with Medea". doom-metal.com. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
- "Alberta Literary Awards Finalists and Winners". Writers' Guild of Alberta. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
- Quill and Quire. Quill and Quire http://www.quillandquire.com/book-author/catherine-owen/. Retrieved 20 August 2015. Missing or empty
- McCawley, Mark. "The Other 23 & a Half Hours by Catherine Owen review by Mark McCawley". Urban Graffiti. Urban Graffiti. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
- Cameron, Laura; Gélinas-Faucher, Claudine; Roussel, Renaud. "Seeing Lessons by Catherine Owen Review". The Bull Calf: Reviews of Fiction, Poetry, and Literary Criticism. The Bull Calf: Reviews of Fiction, Poetry, and Literary Criticism. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
- Johnstone, Tiffany. "Language to Live By". Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and Review. Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and Review. Archived from the original on 22 March 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
- Shatford, Darlene. "Varied Voices". Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and Review. Archived from the original on 22 March 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2015.