Kate Braid

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Kate Braid worked as a receptionist, secretary, teacher's aide, lumber piler, construction labourer, apprentice and journey-carpenter before finally settling down as a teacher. She has taught construction and creative writing, the latter in workshops and also at SFU, UBC and for ten years at Vancouver Island University (previously Malaspina University-College). She is the author of 'A Well-Mannered Storm: The Glenn Gould Poems', 'Covering Rough Ground', 'To This Cedar Fountain' and 'Inward to the Bones: Georgia O'Keeffe's Journey with Emily Carr'. In 2005 she co-edited, with Sandy Shreve, 'In Fine Form: The Canadian Book of Form Poetry'. Braid's second book of poems about her carpentry experiences, 'Turning Left to the Ladies', was published by Palimpsest Press. She lives in Burnaby, BC, with her partner.

Kate Braid has had a diverse career including secretary, carpenter, teacher and writer. Her first book of poems 'Covering Rough Ground' won the Pat Lowther Award for best book of poetry by a Canadian woman. Her second, 'To This Cedar Fountain', was nominated for the BC Book Prize, and her third, 'Inward to the Bones: Georgia O'Keeffe's Journey with Emily Carr', won the Vancity Book Prize. In 2005 she co-edited with Sandy Shreve 'In Fine Form: The Canadian Book of Form Poetry'. Braid has also written several non-fiction books and essays. She lives in Burnaby, British Columbia.
Braid is a devoted (to say the least) fan of Glenn Gould - and of J.S. Bach.

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New poetry by award-winning writer combines blue collar tradeswork with unapologetic feminism and untameable nature of BC.

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Swinging a Hammer in a Man's World
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Since women started working in the trades in the 1970s, very little has been published about their experiences. In this provocative and important book, Kate Braid tells the story of how she became a carpenter in the face of skepticism and discouragement.

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