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Canada’s Early Women Writers
Author Biographies in CEWW
Julia Colliton Flewellyn
Julia Colliton Flewellyn wrote two novels and a play that support her causes of Sabbath observance and temperance.
Julia Grace Wales
Julia Grace Wales was better known for her work as a peace activist and a Shakespeare scholar than for her small output of poetry.
Born in England and then based in Ontario, Julia McKinnell wrote verse that reflected her commitment to the Presbyterian Church and published a single volume, Couchiching Carols, in 1889.
Julia Wilmotte Henshaw
After settling in Vancouver where she was active as a journalist, Julia Henshaw became well-known for her publications about wild flowers.
Juliana Horatia Ewing
English writer Juliana Horatia Ewing spent two years in New Brunswick, which were reflected in some of her subsequent writing.
June Rose Callwood
Social activist June Callwood was well known as a Toronto journalist and as the author of books about the rights of the sick, the poor, and the marginalized, especially children and women.
Kate Aitken shared her home-making expertise with women across Canada through her popular radio broadcasts, her print journalism, and her many cook books and books of etiquette.
Kate Douglas Ramage
The poetry of Kate Douglas Ramage, who lived in Quebec's Eastern Townships, appeared in the local newspaper and was issued in a posthumous volume shortly after her death.
Kate Madeline Barry Bottomley
Kate Barry Bottomley published two novels before her marriage and returned to writing in her later years.
Kate McIntyre Ruttan
Kate Ruttan, daughter of Ingersoll "Cheese Poet" James McIntyre, was an idiosyncratic occasional poet.
Kate Seymour MacLean
Kate Seymour MacLean was well-known as an nationalistic Ontario poet.
Kate Simpson Hayes
The first woman journalist in Western Canada, Kate Simpson Hayes also published poetry, fiction, and drama.
Kate Westlake Yeigh
Kate Eva Westlake Yeigh was a journalist based in various Ontario towns.
Katharine Emma Maltwood
English-born artist Katharine Emma Maltwood settled in Victoria, BC, where she published several of her works on Buddhism, theosophy, philosophy, and mythology.
A privileged English woman, Katharine Götsch-Trevelyan enjoyed a three-month trek across Canada in 1930 and described her visit in her subsequent travel narrative.
Katharine Sophia Bagg
Katharine Sophia Bagg took an extensive journey that inspired her only book, Reminiscences of a Cruise in the Mediterranean and a Visit to the Holy Land and Egypt (1910).
Katherine B. Brett
A textile expert who worked at the Royal Ontario Museum, Katherine Maw Brett authored books and articles on the history of fabrics and clothing.
A professional journalist, Katherine Hughes also published biographies and non-fiction, some of which reflected her sympathies with Irish nationalism.
Katherine Livingstone Macpherson
Born in Toronto, Katherine Livingstone Macpherson spent most of her life in Montreal, where she contributed poetry to magazines and wrote several books about French Canada.
Born in Ottawa, Kitty Marcuse was a professional writer adept in many genres, from radio and television plays for children, to stories for romance magazines and Playboy.
A life-long resident of Winnipeg, MB, journalist Katherine Queen-Hughes was one of Canada's first woman sports reporters.
A cousin of author Grace Blackburn, Kathleen Blackburn contributed stories to periodicals and published one novel.
Scholar Kathleen Coburn, who devoted her career to editing the notebooks of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, spent most of her life in Toronto where she taught at Victoria College.
A leader in the professionalization of nursing in Canada, Kathleen Ellis published many articles in the Canadian Nurse.
Kathleen MacFarlane Lizars
Kathleen Lizars collaborated with her sister, Robina Lizars, on three books of fiction and non-fiction about the history of Ontario.
Kathleen Mary English
A lifelong resident of Newfoundland, Kathleen Mary English published one novel.
Born near London, England, Kathleen Strange came to Canada in 1920 to start a new life on an Alberta wheat farm, an experience recorded in her best-known book, With the West in Her Eyes (1937). Her...
Kathryn E. Colquhoun
Kathryn E. Colquhoun published poetry and drama, and was an active member of the Vancouver literary community.
Born in Nova Scotia, Kathryn Munro Tupper became an active poet following her marriage to Reverend Joseph Freeman Tupper, who was also a writer. Under the name “Kathryn Munro” she published five...
New Brunswick poet Kay Smith was well acquainted with the leading Canadian modernists. Her work appeared in major literary magazines and in six volumes of verse.
Irish-born Kit Coleman was a popular newspaper journalist in Toronto. In 1897 she was accredited as the world's first woman war correspondent when the Toronto Mail and Empire sent her to Cuba to...
Born in Quebec, Laeta Ramage, sister of author Kate Ramage (1855-1883), published short stories and a novel, but spent most of her life outside of Canada.
Laura Agnes Stevenson
Born in England, actress Laura Agnes Stevenson found her way to Prince Edward Island where she published her only book, The Ladies Benevolent and Industrial Sallymag Society, in 1868.
Laura B. Durand
A brilliant and irascible Toronto journalist, Laura B. Durand wrote for the Globe and edited a posthumous volume of the poetry of her sister, Evelyn Durand.
Laura Bedell spent most of her life in Ontario, where her poetry appeared in numerous periodicals and several volumes.
Laura Elizabeth McCully
Laura E. McCully was a suffrage activist and author of two volumes of poetry.
Laura Goodman Salverson
Laura Nixon Haynes
A life-long resident of Ontario, Laura Nixon Haynes published five volumes of poetry that ranged widely in both style and content.
Poet Laura Ridley is best known for editing the Crucible literary magazine with her sister, Hilda.
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Author Biographies in CEWW
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