Tricia McCallum
Poet and writer

Tricia McCallum is a Glasgow-born Canadian writer and poet.

McCallum's new book of poetry The Music of Leaving, was just released in September by Toronto's Demeter Press. She is also the author of Nothing Gold Can Stay: A Mother and Father Remembered (2011).

An insatiable traveler all of her life, McCallum's seemingly endless incarnations have included stints as a bartender, corporate editor, flight attendant, freelance photographer, speechwriter, chambermaid, house painter, au pair, TV product spokesperson and, for a glorious and rather fragrant three weeks in 1970, a shrimp de-veiner (sp).

McCallum’s unrivalled passion is poetry and her work has been published in journals, magazines and anthologies in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. Her poem “Thirst” won the goodreads.com poetry competition in December 2011 and again in May 2012 with her poem “There’s Always the Guy.”

In her long career as a Toronto freelance writer she has been featured as a guest columnist in Canada's national newspapers. McCallum also publishes fiction. Her short story “Clutter” won a Toronto Star award for fiction writing.

McCallum stresses her poems are about commonplace things, but they are not necessarily simple. “The abstract never drew me. I don’t think in those terms. The day-to-day world and all its detail provides me more than I need."

You can read Tricia's new poems and stories on her website at http://www.triciamccallum.com

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