in its fourth reprinting, Kim Morrissey's book of poems Batoche
will have its debut as an Opera (composer: William
Pura) at the Saskatoon New Music Festival, Saturday,
April 21, 2001.
perfectly embodies Marianne Moore's definition of an ideal
poet (and an ideal cheese): 'local, but prized elsewhere.'
-- Brenda Niskala
first, the new Prairie poets were mostly male, but in time a
number of important women poets have appeared, including Anne
Campbell, Lorna Crozier, Leona Gom, Kim
Morrissey and Anne Szumigalski.
-- Douglas Barbour
Poetry in English
The 1998 Canadian Encyclopaedia
(published by McClelland and Stewart )
writes with sureness and wit .... Dora: A Case of
Hysteria is an important addition to the Canadian dramatic
canon and to the body of contemporary playwriting by
- Rita Much, Canadian Theatre Review.
Kim Morrissey's first book, has been used as a
Canadian Studies text in Canada, Britain, Germany , Norway and
Denmark, and as a secondary school text. It is now in its fourth
printing and will have its debut as an Opera
Pura) at the Saskatoon New Play Festival April 21, 2001. Poems
For Men Who Dream of Lolita has also had poems set
to music at the New Music Festival in Winnipeg, and it is
also on university curriculums. Five of the poems from
the book have been selected for Mythic Women/Real Women (edited
by Lizbeth Goodman), Faber & Faber's prestigious Women &
Gender university textbook.
Her black comedy about Freud, Dora:
A Case of Hysteria (Nick Hern Books) was one of the
first plays workshopped at Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre, with
director Steven Gregg, and was produced by Steven Gregg at Regina's
Wheatland Theatre in 1987. Since then, Dora has been produced
in Canada, America, Australia, Britain and Germany and is a
suggested text for the Open University in England. Clever
As Paint: The Rossettis In Love (published by
Playwrights Canada Press) premièred in London, England, and was a
theatre choice for The Guardian. She has written
critically-acclaimed documentaries and dramas for both CBC and BBC
Radio, and was a commissioned writer on BBC's political satire
sketch show Week Ending (Executive Producer: Gareth Edwards)
also broadcast on the BBC World Service.
taught by Sue Kramer, Eli Mandel and Patrick Lane at Fort San
Summer School of the Arts, and is one of the original members of
the Saskatoon Poets Coterie (which included fellow Coteau writers
Susan Andrews Grace, Bill Klebeck, Brenda Niskala and Craig
Grant). She is a founding member (with fellow Coteau writers Rex
Deverell, Geoffrey Ursell, Barbara Sapergia, Ken Mitchell, Diane
Warren, Connie Gault and Sharon Butala) of the Saskatchewan
addition to writing, Morrissey has taught creative writing, served
as writer-in-residence in Saskatchewan schools (Grades K-12). She
lectured on Play Analysis at Rose Bruford College for Drama
(London, England), and been a regular guest lecturer at the Open
University's Summer School in York, England.
Coteau's Best Selling Backlist - Kim Morrissey:
with 10 archival photographs and maps
cover photograph by Gary Robins
ISBN 0-919926-91-6 trade paper
prize, 1987 CBC Literary Award
Joint winner, 1987 SWG Major Poetry Award
shortlisted for the 1989 Gerald Lampert Award
(League of Canadian Poets)
by poets as diverse and accomplished as Gwendolyn MacEwen, Michael
Ondaatje, George Woodcock, Al Purdy, Daphne Marlatt and bp nichol,
Batoche is now in its fourth reprint. It is a recommended text
for schools, taught in high schools in Canada and universities in
Canada and Europe. With wit, sensitivity, generosity, precision and
compassion, Morrissey goes beyond the documented facts of the 1885
NorthWest Resistance/Rebellion, and takes on voices of the
well-known - Louis Riel, Gabriel Dumont, General Middleton - and the
lesser known - Marguerite Riel, the women and children of the
community, and anonymous fighters on both sides.
her skills as a researcher, dramatist and poet, Kim Morrissey brings
to life the once silent pages of our history with a clear and simple
eloquence." - Lorna Crozier
Poems For Men
Who Dream of Lolita
poems chip away at the myths of seductiveness and seduction, to
reveal a sordid truth underneath: the abuse of innocence, the
destruction of tenderness, trust. 'This is not erotic/and you are
obscene' protests the young speaker to her much older abuser/lover.
These are poems for every little girl and woman who has ever been
put in a position of helplessness by a man using power and privilege
to demand love. Tragically, this is a common story. Fortunately, we
have poets like Morrissey to help us rewrite it." - Di Brandt
brilliant and disturbing.... "
- John Osborne, bête noir
Gzowski, Peter Gzowski"
in Studio One: Stories for Radio
(edited by Wayne Schmalz)
ISBN 1-55050-011-2 trade paper
for Saskatoon actor, Anne Wright and produced by Wayne Schmalz for
CBC Radio, this commissioned drama provided the first professional
acting credit for Peter Gzowski. It was also the first CBC
cross-country simultaneous radio drama, with Gzowski in Toronto, and
Wright in Regina.
agoraphobic woman fantasises about meeting CBC Morningside
host, Peter Gzowski. When the real Peter Gzowski knocks on her door,
she sends him away, preferring her mythical creation. A comic, yet
deeply tragic, exploration of alienation and despair, satirising the
false intimacy of radio.
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Books by Kim Morrissey:
As Paint: The Rossettis in Love,
[Playwrights Union of Canada, 1998]
A Case of Hysteria
[Nick Hern Books, 1994]
writes with sureness and wit .... Dora: A Case of Hysteria
is an important addition to the Canadian dramatic canon and to the
body of contemporary playwriting by women." - Rita Much, Canadian
Kim Morrissey's books can be ordered directly from Coteau
Books and are usually in stock (or can be ordered) at The
Saskatoon Book Store in Saskatoon, and Canada Books in Regina and
through university bookstores. They are also available
internationally through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. New and
second-hand copies in Europe, Australia and North America can be
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