Catherine Owen is a Vancouver poet, the author of nine collections of poetry and one of prose. Her works include Somatic – The Life and Work of Egon Schiele (Exile Editions, 1998), nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award, The Wrecks of Eden (Wolsak and Wynn 2002), shortlisted for the BC Book Prize, Shall: ghazals (Wolsak and Wynn), Cusp/detritus (Anvil Press), both from 2006 and Seeing Lessons (Wolsak and Wynn 2010). Her 2009 collection Frenzy (Anvil Press) won the Alberta Literary Award. She has toured her work across Canada, been translated and published in international journals. Catalysts: essays & memoirs, will be out in 2012. She works as an editor and plays bass in metal bands.
Catherine Owen is a shapeshifter of words, a mystic always at the edge of a precipice looking down into the absolute darkness. Owen is a poet with a decidedly quirky Dark Side. This is pointedly clear as you immerse yourself in comprehending Cusp/detritus, a confessional oeuvre par excellence, and a damned compelling one.