Kathy Mac

Saint Thomas University

Kathy Mac teaches at Saint Thomas University and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award in 2002 for Nail Builders Plan for Strength and Growth. When Kathy Mac, ronin romantic and Hundefräulein Emeritus, is spotted striding across the barrens around Sambro Head, Nova Scotia, she is generally trying to keep a variable number of dogs in sight while musing on the twisted paths that led a confirmed cat afficionado into such constant caninity.

  • Human Misunderstanding

    By Kathy Mac     February 2017

    “Kathy Mac achieves a seemingly impossible task. She brings levity and lyricism to serious tragedies, ranging from the detention and torture of Omar Khadr in Guantánamo Bay, to the disintegration of a relationship, to two prosecutions for sexual assault. Human misery is made more redeemable by Mac’s thoughtful exploration. Readers should be forewarned that living with greater clarity and care are possible outcomes of reading this delicate collection.”

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  • The Hundefraulein Papers

    Poems

    By Kathy Mac     May 2009

    Hunde/fräulein: Dog/nanny. For five and a half years (1995-2001) Kathy Mac lived in Sambro Head, NS, looking after anywhere from four to twelve English Setters. The post entailed maintaining the ocean-side doghouse and looking after the many, varied houseguests of the hundemutter – ocean activist Elisabeth Mann Borgese, youngest daughter of Thomas Mann. These poems take their tone from the days and dogs that inspired them – by turns extravagant, intense, celebratory, wistful.

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    A Roseway Book
  • Nail Builders Plan for Strength and Growth

    Poems

    By Kathy Mac     January 2002

    “Poets with Kathy Mac’s impeccable technical skill are not too hard to find, but very few can touch her for emotional power, thematic range, gentle humour or quiet courage. As Robert Heinlein said of another writer, these poems should be served with a whisk broom, so that the customer may brush the sawdust off himself when he gets back up.” –Spider Robinson, author of Telempath (1976), The Free Lunch (2001) and many others in between

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    A Roseway Book