Kate Cayley is a playwright, poet and fiction writer. She is the artistic director of Stranger Theatre, and has co-created, written and directed eight plays with the company, most recently The Hanging of Fran├žoise Laurent. Her work with Stranger Theatre has been performed in Toronto, Halifax, Montreal, Chicago, New York City and Istanbul, Turkey. She is also the co-artistic director of The Cooking Fire Theatre Festival, an event celebrating theatre, food and public space held in Toronto since 2004. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in a number of journals, including Descant, The Fiddlehead, The Literary Review of Canada and The New Quarterly. She has been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Award for Poetry, and was a finalist for the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award. Her first book, a novel for young adults called The Hangman in the Mirror, was recently published by Annick Press, and her first collection of poetry, Signs and Wonders, will be published in spring 2013 by Brick Books. Her play, After Akhmatova, was produced by Tarragon in spring 2011, directed by Alan Dilworth. She is currently working on a collection of short fiction, three new plays, and a second collection of poetry.