Kathleen McCracken is the author of seven collections of poetry including Blue Light, Bay and College (Penumbra Press, 1991), which was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 1992, A Geography of Souls (Thistledown Press, 2002), Moonclaves (Exile Editions, 2007) and Tattoo Land (Exile Editions, 2009). She has been the recipient of the University of Toronto Review’s Editor’s Choice Award for Poetry (1985) and the Anne Szumigalski Editor’s Prize (2002), and has held several Ontario Arts Council Writers’ Grants. She was runner-up in the National Poetry Contest (1998) and shortlisted for the Canadian Poetry Chapbook Competition (1999). Her poems have been published in The Malahat Review, Poetry Canada Review, Exile Quarterly, Poetry Ireland, New Orleans Review and Grain, and she has given readings in Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Kathleen is currently Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. She has published scholarly articles on the poetry of Derek Mahon, Paul Muldoon and Ciaran Carson, as well as on Irish cinema, the documentary films of John T Davis, and First Nations Canadian writing. A new collection of poems, The Gauntlet Road, is due out from Exile Editions in 2014.