Catherine Chandler's Poetry Blog

Author Biography

Catherine Chandler (b. 1950), the eldest of seven children, was born in New York City and grew up in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. In 1972 she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Wilkes University, where she majored in French Literature and minored in Spanish. She completed her graduate studies at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, where she lectured in Spanish in the Department of Translation Studies and also served as the university's International Affairs Officer for Latin America. She also taught Spanish at Concordia University's Language Institute.She has been living in Canada since 1972, and holds dual citizenship.

Her first full-length collection of poetry, Lines of Flight (Able Muse Press, 2011), was shortlisted in 2013 for the prestigious Poets' Prize. A second full-length collection, Glad and Sorry Seasons, was published by Biblioasis Press (Windsor, Ontario) in April, 2014, and was, according to publisher Dan Wells, "our key poetry title for spring, centering the line-up" for the publishing house's 10th anniversary. A chapbook of Catherine's sonnets, This Sweet Order, was published in 2012 by Kelsay Books/White Violet Press. Other chapbooks include For No Good Reason and All or Nothing.

Awards include the Richard Wilbur Award (2016) for her manuscript The Frangible Hour (her third full-length collection, to be published in 2016 by the University of Evansville Press), and the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award (winner, 2010) for her poem, "Coming to Terms", the final judge being A. E.  Stallings. She was also a finalist in the Nemerov competition in 2016 ("Family at Sunset Beach, California", judged by Rachel Hadas), 2015 ("Oleka", judged by Gail White), 2014 ("Afterwords", judged by R.S. Gwynn), 2013 ("The Watchers at Punta Ballena, Uruguay", judged by Dick Davis), 2012 ("Composure", judged by Rhina P. Espaillat), 2009 ("Singularities", judged by David Middleton) and 2008 ("Missing", judged by Timothy Steele). Her poem, "Pack Rat", a parody of Edna St. Vincent Millay's "Renascence", was among ten finalists in the 2015 X.J. Kennedy Parody Award. Other awards and nominations are listed on her Awards and Nominations page.

Six of her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Catherine co-edited the Greenwood Poets' chapbook, Passages (Greenwood Centre for Living History, 2010) and she has been the featured and/or invited poet at numerous local, national and international venues, including Beyond Baroque in Venice, California, First Wednesday Formal near San Francisco, StoryFest in Hudson, Quebec, Carmine Street Metrics in New York City, the Powwow River Poets Reading Series in Newburyport, Massachusetts, and the Yellow Door and the Atwater Library in Montreal. She served as moderator of the advanced metrical poetry forum, Eratosphere, where she twice hosted the annual sonnet competition, in conjunction with poets Turner Cassity and R. S. Gwynn. In 2013 she served as co-host and judge for the competition, in conjunction with poet Gail White.

Catherine's poetry, translations from French and Spanish, reviews, essays and podcasts have been widely published throughout the English-speaking world in print journals, anthologies and online sites, most recently in Quadrant, Measure, The Evansville Review, American Arts Quarterly, Think Journal, The Rotary Dial, Orbis, First Things, The Centrifugal Eye, The Comstock Review, The Alabama Literary Review, The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics (Lewis Turco), and The Cento: A Collection of Collage Poems (Theresa M. Welford).

Catherine currently lives in Saint-Lazare-de-Vaudreuil, Québec.

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