katie o’brien is a community worker and poet living and working in Mohkínstsis (Calgary). They are a recent graduate of Mount Royal University (Dip. Social Work) and the University of Calgary (B.A. in Sociology, minor in Biological Sciences). katie is the founder and editor of blood orange: an experimental poetry tarot, and their third chapbook, a peal of thunder, a moment of, was published by The Blasted Tree in June 2019. katie dislikes lying, sings a lot, and doesn’t kill bugs.

katie is a white settler originally from St. John’s, Ktaqamkuk (the Mi’kmaq name for the island colonially known as Newfoundland), on the unceded territory of the Beothuk. They live and work in Treaty 7 territory, which has been stewarded by the Niitsitapi, or Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Ĩyãħé Nakoda (comprising the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations) since time immemorial. This land is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

katie reading at Amy LeBlanc's chapbook launch, 2018
Group shot at Woolf's Voices 26, 2019, photograph by Meagan Mah
katie holding several back issues of NōD magazine, 2015, photograph by Jason Herring

chapbooks and solo works

please contact me if you want a copy!

  • a peal of thunder, a moment of | The Blasted Tree | 2019
    a collection of concrete poetry based on Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, the piece I was listening to the moment my grandmother died. infinite thanks to Kyle Flemmer for loving this project as much as I do.
  • t\here: two-homed tales | Loft on EIGHTH Press | 2018
    an exploration of what it means to exist as both a Calgarian and a Newfoundlander on Treaty 7 land. many thanks especially to Catherine Beaudette, Colette Laliberté, Margaret Ryall, and Lisa Murphy-Lamb.
  • a Little Golden Book of    eating disorders | self-published | 2015
    experimental found poetry based on an online journal I kept in my late teens, documenting my struggles with binge eating disorder.

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miscellany

  • Train : a poetry interview | 2020
    so honoured to be interviewed by D.W. Adams and have the opportunity to talk some more about the concrete poetry I’m creating based on Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.
  • #TPQ5 | 2020
    I wrote micro-reviews of five of my favourite poetry books in this little blog post for Christopher Margolin’s The Poetry Question.
  • poetry mini interview | 2020
    Thomas Whyte interviewed me on his fantastic blog, poetry mini interviews. we chatted about tarot, punctuation, and the importance of community.
  • my (small press) writing day | 2019
    rob mclennan asked me to write a piece for his my (small press) writing day project. I wrote about imposter syndrome and weeding.
  • The To-Read Pile: It Watches Every Move You Make | 2018
    my friend Erin Bardua interviewed me for her rad new podcast, in which she reads chapter three of The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson and we chat about creepy lit and horror on TV.
  • NōD Magazine relaunches with gender issue | 2015
    Jason Herring interviewed me for a Gauntlet spotlight on NōD’s 18th issue and plans for the upcoming season.