With her characteristic fearlessness Catherine Owen examines what drives her to write and the influences that shape her writing. From her childhood memories in suburban Vancouver to her willingness to risk all for a glimpse of her muse, the essays in Catalysts allow readers unparalleled insight into Owen's creative life. A brilliantly honest collection, these essays should be read by every aspiring author.
Catherine Owen is a Vancouver poet and writer, the author of nine collections of poetry. A book of essays and memoirs, 'Catalysts: Confrontations with the Muse', was published earlier this year. Catherine's work has appeared in periodicals throughout Canada, Austria, New Zealand, and Australia. Her books and poems have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Gerald Lampert Award, the BC Book Prize, the ReLit Award, the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness In Literature, Short Grain, and The Earle Birney Prize. Her last book of poetry, 'Frenzy' (Anvil), won the Alberta Literary Award in 2009. She has a Masters degree in English and plays bass in the metal bands Inhuman and Helgrind.
"Catalysts abounds in inter-textual references that challenge us to abandon lingering perceptions of art as a pure or timeless aesthetic practice. What we have instead is a polyphonic 'mishmash' of 'language and rhythm,' a conversation rich in peculiarities. " - Canadian Literature
"Best of all, Owen describes the essential tension between performance or spoken word poetry, and poems written for the printed page. Her advice to poets and performers in these distinct, but related genres, is the best I've ever heard. " - Chronicle Herald
"Catalysts is a testament to a life immersed in poetic forms, a searching for truth through the prismatic (and often cruel) facets of circumstance and self. " - Free Range Reading
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