Cathleen With

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Cathleen With
Occupation Novelist, teacher
Nationality Canadian
Education MFA in Creative Writing from UBC Creative Writing Program
Alma mater University of British Columbia
Genre non-fiction, literary fiction, book reviews, screenplays
Notable works Having Faith in the Polar Girls' Prison (novel) (2009)
skids (short stories) (2006)
Notable awards Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize
2010
Website
www.cathleenwith.ca

Cathleen With (born 1967) is a Canadian writer and author. Skids, her debut short story collection about Vancouver street kids from the Davie Village to the Downtown Eastside, was published in 2006[1] and was shortlisted for the 2007 ReLit Awards.[2] She was also shortlisted for the 2005 Western Magazine Award for her story “Carny”, which was featured in Humanist Perspectives.

Her work has been published in several literary journals, including The Antigonish Review, Grain and Fireweed. Her first novel Having Faith in the Polar Girls’ Prison was published with Penguin Canada in 2009 and won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.[3]

Life[edit]

Though her work is fiction, many of the stories in Skids are based on her friends’ voices, some now gone, and her own experiences battling addictions and depression in her youth.[2] With has also trained as a learning assistance, drama in education and English teacher, and works one on one with alternative youth who have trouble adapting to the public school system. She is currently a part-time special education teacher in Vancouver, and also travels to Seoul to teach writing to children.

She is an out lesbian.[2]

Works[edit]

  • 2009 Penguin Canada, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Having Faith in the Polar Girls' Prison
  • 2006 Arsenal Pulp Press Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Skids 152 pgs
  • 2005 The Humanist in Canada "Space Muppet" 6pgs
  • 2005 This Magazine, "Long-Haired Dog Faced Girl" 4 pgs
  • 2004 Geist Issue 55, "Guthrip" 1 pg
  • 2004 The Humanist in Canada Issue 149 "Carny" 4 pgs
  • 2003 A Room of One's Own Volume 26:4 "Channih Counts" 7 pgs
  • 2000 Love and Pomegranates Sono Nis, editors Rona Murray, Garry McKevitt, "The Arbutus Tree" 6 pgs
  • 2000 SUB-Terrain Summer issue "Pyjamas" 4 pgs
  • 1999 Fireweed Summer issue "Streets" 2 pgs
  • 1999 A Room of One's Own Volume 21:4 "Jainfish" 8 pgs
  • 1998 Grain Autumn issue "Hers Be Mine" 1 pg
  • 1997 The Antigonish Review No. 110 "Detoxed" 6 pgs

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reviews: Skids, by Cathleen With". Quill & Quire, November 2006.
  2. ^ a b c "The Query Project: Cathleen With, Vancouver". Plenitude, February 9, 2016.
  3. ^ "First novel takes BC Book Prize". The Globe and Mail, April 26, 2010.

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