OCAD University
Catherine Black
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Graduate Studies
416-977-6000, Ext. 408

Area(s) of Expertise

creative writing, Critical Writing, ESL


Catherine Black is Assistant Professor and First Year Writing Coordinator in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences at OCAD University. Catherine currently teaches or has taught writing-based courses such as Advanced Creative Writing, Introduction to Creative Nonfiction, The Essay and the Argument(Rhetoric, Mechanics, ESL/EAL) and Literary Criticism. She is also Coordinator of the English Language Pathway Program and for several years assisted in the development and coordination of the English for Art and Design program:a multi-faceted, transdisciplinary bridging program for incoming ESL/EAL students at OCAD U.


B.A., English Literature, McGill University TESL Certification Program, C.C.L.C.S. M.F.A., Creative Writing, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Professional Experience

Catherine completed an MFA in creative writing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has been published in various Canadian and American literary journals including The Fiddlehead, Rhino, Preling, Harpweaver, Scrivener, Montage and Palimpsest Journal. Her first book, Lessons of Chaos and Disaster, was published by Guernica Editions in fall 2007. Her second book, A Hard Gold Thread (experimental memoir)will be launched by Guernica Editions in October 2011 asthe first book in the first fictions series.

Awards \ Grants

2008, Ontario Arts Council Writers Reserve Grant 2007 Toronto Arts Council Work in Progress Grant 2007 Four Ontario Arts Council Writers Reserve Grants 2004 Toronto Arts Council Work in Progress Grant

Selected Publications

Books: A Hard Gold Thread,published with Guernica Editions, October 1,2011, Editor: Elana Wolff, 108 pages. Lessons of Chaos and Disaster, published with Guernica Editions, First Poet Series, Editor: Elana Wolff, 69 pages.

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

League of Canadian Poets