Kate Braid

Journeywoman: Swinging a Hammer in a Man's World

Caitlin Press

Kate Braid worked as a secretary, child-care worker and lumber piler before stumbling (literally) into construction where she worked as a labourer, apprentice and journeywoman carpenter and contractor for fifteen years before teaching construction at the BC Institute of Technology.  She then taught creative writing at Simon Fraser University, the University of BC and for ten years at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo before retiring to write full-time.  She is especially intrigued by people’s work, and has written ten books of poetry and non-fiction about the work of artists Emily Carr and Georgia O’Keeffe, pianist Glenn Gould, and about mine workers, fishers and her own work in construction.  Her most recent book, Journeywoman: Swinging a Hammer in a Man’s World, is a memoir of her 15 years in construction.  Her poetry has won and been short-listed for a number of awards and her poems and essays are widely anthologized.  Kate has given readings, lectures and workshops across Canada.  She recently moved with her partner to the edge of Vancouver where she loves waking to the music of gulls.