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Charmaine  G.  Cadeau
Categories: Female AuthorsFrancophone AuthorsPoetsSaint John River Valley


Born in Toronto, Charmaine Cadeau lived in New Brunswick while completing her Master of Arts in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of New Brunswick. Since then, she has earned her PhD in English, and teaches literature and writing at High Point University in North Carolina. Her first book of poetry, What you used to wear, was published by Fredericton-based Goose Lane Editions in 2004.

How has New Brunswick influenced your work?

New Brunswick for me is a place that I’ll always associate with intense creation, collaboration, and contemplation. It’s where I began my professional life as a writer—and where I’m always looking for a chance to revisit because of its people, geography, and vitality.

What is your favourite New Brunswick book, and why?

One of my favourite New Brunswick books is Larry Lynch’s collection of stories Learning to Swim because of the conflicts, and he also captures something of the Maritimes that’s hard for me to put my finger on.

What do you consider to be the highlight of your career so far?

I enjoy meeting writers and readers, so my career highlight is any moment that has put me in touch with fellow book lovers—whether through readings, teaching, or organizing events.

Literary Prizes

Nomination -  Phyllis Hurd Liston Poetry Prize, Academy of American Poets - 2009
Nomination -  gritLIT Poetry Contest - 2009 In recognition of: Dog Star and Argo
Nomination -  NotaBle Acts Playwriting Contest, NotaBle Acts Inc., - 2003
Nomination -  NotaBle Acts Playwriting Contest, NotaBle Acts Inc., - 2002

Featured Publication

The Fiddlehead (journal)

Lost and found:
As if the whipped backstitch of sparrows
sews you in, as if you could cut through,
the glint of scissors signaling from your fingers
like coins, the descending glow of tinpunch lanterns
once left along the banks,
fish scales on a knife, campfire sparks swinging
out of smoke.

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