Kathryn MacDonald

Profile: Kathryn (Kate) MacDonald



Kathryn crosses boundaries – physical ones through her travels, across genres with her writing, and she explores both photography and sketching in an attempt to discover the essence of people and places.

Besides three published books and a one-woman photo exhibit to her laurels, she has two manuscripts reaching the point of looking for a publisher. Her recent travels include sojourns to Kenya and Tanzania, two trips to Morocco, one to Andalucia, and two to Mexico, the last completed on-again-off-again extended sail across and about the Caribbean over a four-year period. An avid reader and sometimes workshop facilitator, she loves discussing books and encourages people to “read like writers” always asking “How does s/he keep me turning pages?” or “Why do I love/hate that character?” or “Wow, that’s an original trope and where did it come from?” and so on. What draws us and what holds us and, in the end, are we rewarded for our patience and how can we – as writers – do that for our readers?

Other writing includes a blog Adventures Over Land and Sea, sailing the Caribbean from St. Martin to Cuba (for three seasons) and on to Isla Mujeres, Mexico, and finally to the north shore Lake Ontario (2014 through spring, 2017).

Kathryn has lived, as she says, many lifetimes and welcomes challenges and change. Some risks have borne more proverbial fruit than others – but no regrets. The best thing about the work, writing, and travel are the people she meets. She wants to meet you, so please take a moment to share your thoughts on her posts.

Professionally, Kathryn is a member of Spirit of the Hills Art AssociationQuinte Arts Council, and The Writers’ Union of Canada.

Website: https:kathrynmacdonald.com

Artist statement:

  • It is connection I seek through both photographs and writing. Photographs are not simply images, they suggest stories and stories (poems too) always encode individual and cultural meaning. They are like mirrors inviting viewers to discover their personal relationship with the image/author. Each poem, each story, each photograph is an invitation.

Presentation description:

  • After speaking with the organizer, I prepare a presentation and handout. Generally, we begin with a discussion followed by a reading/slide show and a wrap-up discussion. I am also prepared to facilitate hands-on, participatory workshops. Participants: writing/photography and travel groups, college and secondary students.

Published author:

  • A Breeze You Whisper (poems) Brighton: Hidden Brook Press, 2011
  • Calla & Édourd (fiction) Brighton: Hidden Brook Press, 2009
  • The Farm & City Cookbook (essays and recipes) with Mary Lou Morgan; Toronto: Second Story Press 1994
  • Various poems in literary journals and magazines (e.g. Penumbra, Moonbeam; Descant; Fiddlehead…)
  • Member: Writers Union of Canada: https://www.writersunion.ca/member/kathryn-macdonald


  • Slide presentation to Canada-Cuba Literary Alliance (CCLA) 2015
  • “Umbrella,” Quinte Arts Council (quarterly paper)
  • “With a Woman’s Eye: A Photo Retrospective” (Ban Righ Centre, Queen’s University: November 1992 through January 1993

Other relevant information:

  • Website: https://kathrynmacdonald.com
  • Blog: https://traveller-kate.blogspot.ca/
  • Mid-to-late 1990s: Key to Kingston (editor)
  • 1995: Byron House Publishing (year-long contract as managing editor)
  • 1981 through 1985: Harrowsmith and Equinox magazines and Camden House Publishing (editorial staff)


  • Mobile: 613-962-8373
  • Email: whiteoakstudio21@gmail.com



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