CITY/TOWN: West Vancouver

DATE OF BIRTH: Dec. 6, 1939

PLACE OF BIRTH: Vancouver, B.C.

EMPLOYMENT OTHER THAN WRITING: Presenting workshops on writing as healing.


Holding On: Poems for Alex (Granville Island Publishing, 2001)
Snapshots: A Story of Love, Loss, and Life (Granville Island Publishing, 2011) 978-1-894694-80-3 $24.95

BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS: In 1992, shortly after her only birth son Alex died as a 17-year-old in a freak accident at Whistler, Cathy Sosnowsky began writing poetry as grief therapy. She also faced the challenge of raising two late-adopted children who would turn to drugs and criminal behavior in their teens. In Snapshots: A Story of Love, Loss, and Life (Granville Island Publishing, $24.95 2011) she recounts how she endured loss and learned how to turn her grief into art.

Prior to retirement, Sosnowsky taught English at Langara College for 25 years. She was also instrumental in establishing courses in Film Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies. She gives workshops on writing as healing, as far away as Sydney, Australia at an international conference for bereaved parents. She also writes humourous articles, some of which have been published in the Globe and Mail, Pacific Yachting, and aired on CBC. She edits a grief support newsletter and is B.C. Director of The Compassionate Friends, an international self-help group for bereaved parents. She has read her poetry at many conferences and on TV and radio (during interviews).

[BCBW 2011] "Advice"