Monica Kidd’s bios are typically confusing, but generally entertaining. A big thing to know about her is that she writes compulsively: poetry, fiction and non-fiction, with six books, and poems, essays and articles numbering in the hundreds. Her fourth poetry collection, Chance Encounters with Wild Animals, is forthcoming from Gaspereau Press in 2019. But a lot of other things have happened along the way.
After growing up on the prairies and doing a Bachelor of Science (Ecology/Zoology) at the University of Calgary, she moved to Kingston, Ontario, where she graduated with Master of Science (Biology) degree at Queen’s. She did field work in remote areas of Quebec, Svalbard and Labrador. After finishing grad school, she stayed on in Kingston to work for Cuso International. When a gig with them to curate a natural history museum in Papua New Guinea fell through, she instead built on her volunteer experience at the campus stations CJSW in Calgary and CFRC in Kingston and began working with a small team producing a series of radio documentaries about community and international development called Borderlands for the Canadian campus and community radio network. At the end of this project, she returned to Labrador and promptly fell head over heels with the east. She moved to St. John’s in 1997, where she worked for CBC Radio until 2004, producing reportage and documentaries and one radio play that won national and international awards; she finished up as CBC’s National Science Reporter and contributor to the popular national science program Quirks & Quarks. She often says she misses radio like a phantom limb, and stays connected to audio through occasional pieces she produces for Voice of Bonne Bay Radio (vobb.org), and her website for poetry and field recordings, curiaudio.com.
In 2004, she transitioned to medicine, completing medical school and family medicine residency at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and starting a family along the way. She has been working as a family doctor in Alberta and in Newfoundland, with special interests in global health, child & maternal health, and medical humanities, since 2011. She has teaching appointments at the University of Calgary and Memorial University, and is a frequent contributor to national medical publications such as The Medical Post and Canadian Medical Association Journal.
The evolution continues.
In 2016, she began Whisky Jack Letterpress in the historic Grain Exchange Building in downtown Calgary, producing small works such as posters and broadsides. In 2017, she went back to her roots in biology and spent her first month in Antarctica working as an expedition guide, lecturing on the natural and cultural history of the extreme south. She remains an avid runner and bread maker.
She lives in Calgary with her husband and three children.