Canadian poet, Kathy Figueroa, takes great delight in writing poems that have entertained newspaper readers and audiences, alike, for many years. Written in a clear, direct style that is easily understood by everyone, and frequently depicting aspects of rural and everyday life, her work has often been described as “people’s poetry.”
A resident of the Bancroft area, in the northern part of Hastings County, Ontario, her frequently humorous poems have been published in well over one hundred editions of the Bancroft newspapers.
Her work can also be found in a variety of different mediums, including regional magazines, numerous blogs and e-zines (many of which originate in other countries), dozens of anthologies, and her own five published books: “Paudash Poems” (July, 2012), “Flowertopia” (January, 2014), “The Cathedral of the Eternal Blue Sky” (March, 2014), “The Ballad of the PoeTrain Poeteer: Winnipeg to Vancouver” (May, 2015), and her most recent collection, “The Renaissance of Rhyme” (April, 2017). In 2012, she self-published ten small chapbooks – nine of poetry and one containing her locally staged short play, “Conflicted About The Wolf.”
Kathy’s adventures in poetry have led her to read her work to folks in communities across southern Ontario, including Bancroft, Belleville, Kingston, Marmora, Maynooth, Ottawa, Peterborough, Roblin Lake, and Toronto. Venturing further afield, she’s also participated in readings in Edmonton, New Westminster, Vancouver, and Winnipeg.
In addition to prolific versifying, Kathy Figueroa has contributed articles and photographs to a variety of Ontario publications. These include regional newspapers, such as the Belleville Intelligencer and the Haliburton Echo. Though not Native, she’s also contributed articles to the Mohawk Nation Drummer and the Anishinabek News (including the annual Pow-Wow Guide). On occasion, her poetry has been printed in magazines such as The Link, Country Roads, and The Country Connection Magazine.
On another note: Born in a mountainous region of southern British Columbia, Kathy Figueroa was raised on the West Coast, as well as in the interior of B.C. After residing and working in Toronto for many years, she was happy to move to a beautiful rural area, often known as “Cottage Country,” in northern Hastings County. Along with writing and photography, gardening, hiking, and travelling are among her favourite activities.
(Kathy Figueroa’s short bio updated June 7, 2017)
The Renaissance of Rhyme (6” x 9” soft cover book) 132 pages, second edition
The Ballad of the PoeTrain Poeteer: Winnipeg to Vancouver (8.5” x 11” soft cover book) 111 pages
The Cathedral of the Eternal Blue Sky (soft cover book) 168 pages
Flowertopia (soft cover book) 88 pages
Paudash Poems (soft cover book) 106 pages
Paudash Poems (ebook: iPad iBooks format) 106 pages