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Jonathan welcomes award-winning poet and University of Winnipeg creative writing professor Catherine Hunter for a wide-raging discussion on her craft. The conversation digs deep into the process, from drawing on your own experiences to re-writing Harry Potter. Spoiler alert for The Great Gatsby, if you haven’t read it.

Headshot of Catherine Hunter, mid arm up. Smiling, rectangular glasses with black rim, shoulder length white curly hair.Catherine Hunter writes poetry and fiction and teaches creative writing at the University of Winnipeg. Her most recent book is the poetry collection St. Boniface Elegies, 2019 (short-listed for the Governor General’s award for poetry, winner of Manitoba’s Lansdowne Prize for Poetry).

Her other books include the poetry collection Latent Heat (winner of the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year Award); the historical novel After Light, which tells a story about family, war, love, and the power of art; and a few mystery novels as well. Her short story “Calling You” (Prairie Fire Spring, 2020) recently won gold in the National Magazine Awards.

You can find more on Hunter and her work here.

Opening song is “We Got the Poison” by Electric Candles
Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur
Photo by Leif Norman

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