recent and forthcoming Writing

Poems  Out now from Nightwood Editions:

Praise for Dream House:

Cathy Stonehouse’s Dream House, like any magical dwelling, is not what it at first appears to be. Walk inside. Explore its rooms. It is larger and more expansive than you might think. Also stranger, more peculiar, idiosyncratic. It is a metaverse of possibilities, the locus where what is lived intersects with what is imagined. As Stonehouse herself puts it, “The house is a cocoon, an open coffin. It is full of weather, and changes / every time you dare to look.” Open the door. Close your eyes. The operative word is not housebut dream. Look around. You are already there.
–Paul Vermeersch, author of Shared Universe: New and Selected Poems 1995–2020

Order Dream House here

Stories  Upcoming in Best Canadian Stories 2019

I’m excited to announce that my short story, “A Room at the Marlborough,” first published in The Fiddlehead, Issue No. 275, will be included in the 2019 edition of Best Canadian Stories, forthcoming from Biblioasis.

reviews  EVENT Magazine

I’ve had several literary reviews in EVENT magazine, including one forthcoming in the Fall 2019 issue. Here’s my most recent one about Rachel Giese’s nonfiction book “Boys,” and Claire Tacon’s novel “In Search of the Perfect Singing Flamingo.”


Poems  New poems and stories

A series of my poems entitled “Old English Songs” from a new manuscript in process won first prize in the SubTerrain magazine LUSH Triumphant contest earlier this year.

A story, “A Room at the Marlborough” was published in The Fiddlehead.


Novels  The Causes

The Causes:

This complex and unsettling debut novel follows the young Argentine conscript José Ramirez from his torture on the bleak plains of the Falklands, back into his childhood in pre-revolution Argentina, and forward across continents as he grapples with the loss of his father and his country as he knew it. Influenced by the works of Jorge Luis Borges and John Berger, The Causes explores themes of war and trauma, resilience and repair. Mysterious, gripping, poetic and magic-realist,The Causes is a love story for a threatened planet, set in Argentina, Spain, the UK and the South Atlantic.

“One of the best Canadian novels of the year.”–The Malahat Review.

Pedlar Press, 2019.

essays  Dead Baby, Imperfect Baby: A Meditation with Dolls”

How to Expect What You're Not ExpectingI am happy to have an essay, “Dead Baby, Imperfect Baby: A Meditation with Dolls” included in the wonderful new anthology How to Expect What You’re Not Expecting, edited by Jessica Hiemstra and Lisa Martin-DeMoor out from TouchWood Editions in the fall of 2013.

reviews  Carmen Rodrigues’s “Retribution”

Read my review of Carmen Rodrigues’s novel Retribution in the Literary Review of Canada.

reviews  “not being on a boat” and “The Water Man’s Daughter”

My review of two novels, Esme Claire Keith’s not being on a boat, and Emma Ruby-Sachs’s The Water Man’s Daughter will be published in the upcoming issue of Event magazine.

Poems  Grace Shiver

Inanna Publications

Long listed for the ReLit Award.

“Stonehouse’s victim-narrator indictments smash the lid off a philosophical Pandora’s box, exposing deeper questions about victim culture, appropriation, art versus exploitation, and that dubious archive, memory.”
—The Quill and Quire

“All too rarely a collection of poems deeply reminds me of why I love to read poetry. Grace Shiver is such a book. Cathy Stonehouse’s range and wrestle with the intractable interdependence of narrative and death is stunning.”
—Betsy Warland, author of Breathing the Page: Reading the Act of Writing

“Stonehouse takes us on a poetic journey laden with visceral and startlingly vivid images.”
—Fiona Tinwei Lam, author of Intimate Distances and Enter the Chrysanthemum, editor of The Bright Well: Contemporary Canadian Poems about Facing Cancer.

“A powerful, searing book of poems that resonates with the reader long after the last page has been read.”
—Rishma Dunlop, author of White Album, Metropolis, Reading Like A Girl and editor of White Ink: Poems on Mothers and Motherhood.



reviews  “Every Time We Say Goodbye”

Read my review of Jamie Zeppa’s novel “Every Time We Say Goodbye” in the Literary Review of Canada.