Catharine H. Murray
When Catharine Murray lost her six-year-old son to cancer, she thought she would never recover. Twelve years later, she inspires audiences with her story of healing and offers writing as a way through grief. As an author, writing coach, speaker and workshop leader, she invites us to delve into our own losses, reminding us that the way in can also be the way out.
Catharine’s poetry and essays have connected her to audiences from Boston to Bangkok where she guides participants to approach their losses through the power of the written word. Venues have included Harvard University, Maine Medical Center, Maine State prison, University of New England, and the Hayes Library in Bangkok. With over twenty years of experience in peer counseling and grief work, she has witnessed and held space for the release of even the deepest hurts. She holds an unshakable conviction that given a chance to listen to and express our own inner wisdom and pain, all of us can move deliberately from grief to joy.
Murray’s poetry and prose have appeared in The Hartskill Review, Mothers and Babies International, Love Loss Hope, and Present Time Journal. Books include Halloween: Portraits of Fantasy and Fear (Panorama, 2012) and Mothering Through, a book of poems, (2014). Her memoir, Now You See the Sky, will launch Ann Hood's new imprint with Akashic Books in the next year.
At the University of Southern Maine, she earned her MFA in 2017 and served as the Creative Non-Fiction Editor at the Stonecoast Review. Currently she resides in Portland, Maine where she teaches English to refugees and leads workshops on using writing and poetry as a tool for healing.