Dr Kathleen McCracken

Lecturer

School/Department
School of Arts & Humanities
Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Campus
Coleraine campus
Telephone
+44 28 7012 3031
Email
kl.mccracken@ulster.ac.uk
Location
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.

Education

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

Ph.D.Dissertation

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

Five Poems. / McCracken, Kathleen.

2013, Five poems from forthcoming collection The Gauntlet Road entitled 'For Us to Live A Star Must Die', 'The Fast Healer', 'Calmly and With Animal Grace', 'Moon With Contrail', 'Fire Tornado'.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewOther contribution

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'Paul Durcan'. / McCracken, Kathleen.

Ireland and the Americas: Culture, Politics and History: Transatlantic Relations. ed. / James P. Byrne; Philip Coleman; Jason King. Vol. Vol. 1 London : ABC Clio, 2008. p. 279-281.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter

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'North Star on a Cloudy Night: Subjectivity in The Uncle Jack'. / McCracken, Kathleen.

The Uncle Jack. ed. / Lance Pettitt; Beatriz Kopschitz Bastos. Sao Paulo, Brazil : Humanitas/Catedra de Estudos Irlandeses, 2011. p. 151-176.

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'Towards the End of May', 'Always the Moon'. / McCracken, Kathleen.

66 p. Poetry Ireland Ltd. 2011, 2 Poems in Poetry Ireland Review 105.

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'Magnolia'. / McCracken, Kathleen.

1 p. Abridged. 2010, 1 poem in Abridged 0-21 (poetry/visual art periodical).

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'The Finger Bird'. / McCracken, Kathleen.

1 p. 2011, 1 poem in The SHOp: A Magazine of Poetry 36.

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'My Father's Hands'. / McCracken, Kathleen.

1 p. Abridged. 2011, 1 Poem in Abridged 0-23.

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'My Father's Heart'. / McCracken, Kathleen.

1 p. Revival. 2012, Poem.

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Paul Painting Paul: Self-Portraiture and Subjectivity in Durcan's Poetry. / McCracken, Kathleen.

In: ABEI Journal: The Brazilian Journal of Irish Studies, Vol. 14, 11.2012, p. 105-112.

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Mustangs: Poems and Photographs. / McCracken, Kathleen.

In: Exile: The Literary Quarterly, Vol. 36, No. 4, 01.06.2013, p. 18-36.

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