Kathryn MacDonald


Kathryn MacDonald has published in literary journals such as Room Magazine (Canada), Jerry Jazz Musician (U.S.), Crossways Literary Magazine (Ireland), and Orbis (England), as well as various anthologies in Canada and the United States. Her poem “Duty / Deon” won Arc Award of Awesomeness (January 2021). “Seduction” was shortlisted for the Freefall Annual Poetry Contest and published in Freefall (Fall 2020). She is the author of four books.

Kathryn MacDonald
Far Side of the Shadow Moon - Enchantments
A Breeze You Whisper
Calla & Édourd
The Farm & City Cookbook

Far Side of the Shadow Moon: Enchantments

Havelock: Glentula Press, 2024

I like the originality of voice, subject, style, atmosphere and imagery of each poem…. Strider Marcus Jones, Editor, Lothlorien Poetry Journal.

As I’m reading, I kept asking, who are her influences? There’s a lilt to the poems I can’t place, but I’ll chance a guess and say, Yeats, perhaps Heaney.…But whoever [the] influences, it’s lovely poetry with a gentle, reflective voice and intensely lyrical one. And just at the right time…“gnarly.” Bruce Hunter, author of Galestro, the most recent of ten published books.

A Breeze You Whisper:

Poems (Brighton: Hidden Brook Press, 2011)

  • Review excerpt: “If I had to choose one word for [MacDonald’s] poetry, I’d say ‘sensuality.’ …A Breeze You Whisper entwines, with simplicity and smoothness, two major themes at the core of poetry: nature and love.” Professor Miguel Ángel Olivé Iglesias (“Whispers and Flames,” 131-134, In a Fragile Moment: A Landscape of Canadian Poetry, HBP, 2020)

Calla & Édourd

Fiction. (Brighton: Hidden Brook Press, 2009)

  • Quotes from readers, Calla & Édourd garnered comments such as, “I was hooked after having read only the preface (as well as the entire book that same evening) [L.S.]. “I could see everything like a movie running through my head” [P.C.]. “I loved the explanation of perfection for Édourd on page 96 and the stories ‘…steeped in the tea of superstition and Catholicism’” [G.M.].

The Farm & City Cookbook

  • Essays and recipes co-authored with Mary Lou Morgan. (Toronto: Second Story Press, 1995)

Workshops & Writing

  • Facilitator of hands-on, participatory workshops or individual coaching sessions.
  • Freelance articles on the arts and book reviews.

Sample of how-to articles on Kathryn’s website

  • Why Write a Chapbook? And Red Alders in an Island Dream by Christopher Howell (February 22, 2021) – Read now
  • What Makes a Good Poem (how-to read; how-to write) Archives: October 5, 2020 – Read now
  • How to Write a Good Poem – 6 Writing Tips, Archives: January 20, 2020 – Read now


  • Writing: studied with Alistair MacLeod; mentored by W.O. Mitchell (University of Windsor) followed by numerous workshops including those by Patrick Lane, John Newlove (1981) through to Lorna Crozier (2018) and, more recently, three online six-week classes with Ellen Bass (2021-22)
  • B.A. (University of Windsor); MPA (Queen’s University, Kingston)


  • League of Canadian Poets (past-member of Writers Union of Canada)
  • Spirit of the Hills
  • Quinte Arts Council

Contact information

email: whiteoakstudio21@gmail.com
website: https://kathrynmacdonald.com/