Catherine Jenkins is a Toronto-based writer and academic. Her work moves from poetry to fiction and non-fiction, and she always has several projects on the go. Her first poetry collection, blood, love & boomerangs (1999) and her novel Swimming in the Ocean (2002), were both published by Insomniac Press. Additionally, her work has appeared in numerous journals in Canada and abroad and she has performed over seventy-five readings in thirty centres in Canada and the US. She is currently marketing her new novel, Pairs & Artichoke Hearts, and a new poetry collection, The Speed of Dark: Poems about Death and Electricity, as well as revising her PhD dissertation for publication. She also plays music, takes photos and occasionally dabbles in other art forms.
Catherine completed her PhD in Communication and Culture at Ryerson-York Universities in Toronto in 2016. Her dissertation explored the impact of healthcare technologies on patient-practitioner communication. New research looks at the medicalization of comic book superheroes. She enjoys conferences and, in addition to the creative work, also writes academically. If you’re curious about how this all this fits together, check out the recent ProCom Alumni Faculty Spotlight. She holds an MA in Theory, Culture and Politics, as well as an Honours BA in Cultural Studies and Philosophy from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario.