tend (Book*hug, 2022)
- 49th Shelf Most Anticipated 2022 Fall Poetry Selection
- CBC Fall 2022 Poetry Preview
Visceral and playful, tend reflects the intimate awkwardness of modern life. Hargreaves’ latest collection explores feelings of being distanced from loved ones, physically and emotionally; striving to be better (at chores, at intimacy); and tending to the things that fracture. These poems are anchored in the body, straining the edges of spaces that bodies and language inhabit: between sealing in and digging out; restlessness and isolation; memory and planning for the future; gaps in texts and reiterations. tend is an immersive work, as validating as it is illuminating.
Leak (Book*hug, 2014)
- 49th Shelf Most Anticipated 2014 Fall Poetry Selection
- Quill & Quire Fall 2014 Poetry Preview
Welcome to Kate Hargreaves’ Leak, where the relationship between language and the body lives in the bumps and bruises that in turn become new ways of understanding the borders and leaks of our everyday existence. In Leak, bodies lose pieces and fall apart, while words slip out of place and letters drop away. Emergency room signage becomes incomprehensible, the census requests bodily measurements, a cyclist confuses oil with her own blood. This visceral deconstruction of the body and its multiple representations tests the boundaries of body politics—pathologically, emotionally, and lyrically.
Jammer Star (Orca, 2019)
Sixteen-year-old Robin Ellis (aka Robin CookieJars) wants to be the best jammer on her roller-derby team and maybe one day play for the Creek City Roller Derby All-Stars like her idol, Annie Mossity. But star junior player April Reid (aka April Powers) always seems to be one lap ahead. Until recently, that is. Robin has noticed that April has been losing a lot of weight, and her game is suffering. This may be Robin’s chance to finally grab the MVP title. But her success may come at a very heavy cost.
Talking Derby (Black Moss Press, 2014)
(out of print)
Talking Derby: Stories from a Life on Eight Wheels is Kate “Pain Eyre” Hargreaves’ love letter to the sport of roller derby. A derby skater since 2010, Hargreaves takes readers behind the scenes, both on and off the track, into the world of women’s flat-track roller derby. Her vignettes play with language and humour, incorporating the sport’s unique terminology and culture, as well as a glimpse into the very real athleticism and powerful friendships of its players. With a full glossary of derby terms, including “jammer,” and “goat,” this book is perfect for derby fans, fresh meat, or those who are looking for their first introduction to the sport. Talking Derby thrusts smelly gear under its readers’ noses and proudly displays its bruises.