Dr Kathleen McCracken



School of Arts & Humanities


Arts and Humanities Research


Room I020 Cromore Road Coleraine Co. Londonderry BT52 1SA



Kathleen McCracken is a Canadian poet and academic. She is the author of seven collections of poetry including Blue Light, Bay and College (Penumbra Press, 1991), which was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for Poetry in 1992, A Geography of Souls (Thistledown Press, 2002), Moonclaves (Exile Editions, 2007) and Tattoo Land (Exile Editions, 2009).

A bilingual English/Portuguese edition of her poetry entitled Double Self Portrait with Mirror: New and Selected Poems, and featuring a preface by Medbh McGuckian, was published by the distinguished Brazilian press Editora Ex Machina.

She is the recipient of the University of Toronto Review's Editor's Choice Award for Poetry, the Anne Szumigalski Editor's Prize, several Ontario Arts Council awards and an Individual Artist Award from the Northern Ireland Arts Council.

Her poems have appeared in The Malahat Review, Poetry Canada Review, Exile Quarterly, Poetry Ireland, The Shop, Revival, Abridged, New Orleans Review and Grain, and she has given readings in Canada, Ireland, Portugal, Brazil, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Kathleen received an Honours BA in English and Creative Writing and an MA in English from York University.

Her doctoral thesis examined the anti-parable form in the radio plays of Louis MacNeice, and after receiving a PhD in English from the University of Toronto, she was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Fellowship which enabled her to complete two years of post-doctoral research at University College, Dublin.

In 1992 she took up a full-time post as Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Ulster University. She has published scholarly articles the poetry of Paul Durcan, Paul Muldoon, Ciaran Carson and Derek Mahon, on the documentary films of John T. Davis, and on Native Canadian writing.


1989 PhD, English, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
1984 MA, English, York University, Toronto, Canada
1983 BA (Hons), English and Creative Writing, York University, Toronto, Canada


Shaping Special Worlds: A Critical Study of Parable Writing in the Radio and Stage Drama of Louis MacNeice. The dissertation discusses the parable as a literary form and its use in MacNeice's major dramatic works.

M.A. Thesis

Out of the North: A Study of the Work of Two Ulster Poets, Derek Mahon and Paul Muldoon. The thesis examines the early poetry of Mahon and Muldoon on an individual basis and in a Northern Irish context.

Research Fields

Creative writing
Contemporary poetry
Native American literature and culture
Beat writing and american countercultures
Literatures of the American west
Literature and the visual arts