by Estelle Rosen
An incontournable of Montreal’s spoken word scene since the early ’90s, Catherine Kidd has forged a reputation as one of the nation’s most surprising and inspiring voices for page and stage. Her award-winning multimedia poetry performances have toured in Europe, Asia, Africa, UK, US and Canada. Published works include the poetry collections Sea Peach  and Bipolar Bear , and the novel Missing the Ark , all from Conundrum press. Her latest poem series was launched as the solo show Hyena Subpoena last Fall in Montreal.
I could compare the hybrid nature of the medium to hermaphroditism in nature. It seems inevitable to wonder about what can appear an ambiguity, though it isn’t one to the creature itself. Of course, there’s nothing novel in the marriage of poetry and theatre, the relationship goes back to the early roots of both.
Having a foot in two different genre-camps can sometimes mean not fitting well into either. That’s only part of the story, though. I’ve been fortunate to feel welcomed by both theatre and poetry communities in Montreal, if these are so distinct, and fortunate to live in a city which allows and inspires that sort of cross-pollination.
I’d actually been pretty happy, relatively speaking.