The Olive Reading Series is very pleased to present Catherine Owen, joined by John Armstrong on theremin & guitar
Catherine Owen is a writer, editor, publisher, and bass player in the band Medea. Her new book Designated Mourner (ECW, 2014) is a collection of elegies for an unconventional spouse and artistic collaborator, lost to addiction at a young age. She is the author of nine collections of poetry including Troubairitz (Anvil, 2012), Seeing Lessons (Wolsak & Wynn, 2010) and Frenzy (Anvil, 2009), which won the Alberta Book Prize. Her poetry collections have been nominated for the BC Book Prize, the ReLit, the CBC Literary Prize, and the George Ryga Award. Catherine Owen’s writing can be found in several anthologies, most recently Forcefield: 77 Women Poets of BC (Mothertongue Press, 2013) and her work has been translated into several languages. She wrote songs for the eco-musical Awakening the Green Man, collaborated with photographer Paul Saturley on the Pandemonium project, created a poemsong duo called The Lyrical Outlaws, and started a blog at blackcrow2.wordpress.com called The Relentless Adventures of OCD Crow. She also works on the TV show Arrow.
Catherine Owen is a former Edmontonian who lived behind a berm; she now lives above the Fraser River in New Westminster, BC. You can also find her at www.catherineowen.org.