Cathy Thorne, a spontaneous typewriter poet based in Toronto, has seamlessly combined her passion for poetry, people and old-school typewriters. With a background in improvisational theatre, creative writing and visual arts, Cathy writes on-the-spot personalized poems at weddings and events, creating thoughtful keepsakes for guests to take home. Her poems are heartfelt, spirit-boosting and sometimes cheeky. Believe it or not, the whole process takes only about five minutes!
To encourage people to embrace their inner poet, she has developed a one-hour poetry writing workshop. With no experience necessary, attendees learn how to clarify and organize their thoughts quickly and creatively through a series of short, fun exercises, ultimately resulting in each person creating a poem that has special meaning to them.
She is the author of Unlightenment: A Guide to Higher Consciousness for Everyday People (Adams Media, Simon & Schuster ), and her work has been featured in multiple print publications, including The Toronto Star, The Oxford University Press and St. Martin’s Press. She’s been interviewed on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning and Here and Now. Her commissions include work for Unilever’s Dove, Papyrus-Recycled Greetings and Toronto Arts Foundation. She is an associate member of The League of Canadian Poets, is on the Program Advisory Committee for the Fine Arts Studio at Centennial College and is a receiving participant in The Writer’s Union of Canada Poetry Mentorship Program.
She is currently working on a book of poetry entitled Shift.