Susan Elmslie is a poet who writes and lives in Montreal, Quebec. Her second collection, Museum of Kindness (Brick, 2017), is available in bookstores and online now. Her first trade collection of poetry, I, Nadja, and Other Poems (Brick, 2006) won the Quebec Writers’ Federation A.M. Klein Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the McAuslan First Book Prize, the League of Canadian Poets’ Pat Lowther Memorial Award and a ReLit Award. Her poems have also appeared in several Canadian journals, anthologies, and in a prize-winning chapbook, When Your Body Takes to Trembling (Cranberry Tree, 1996). Born in Brampton, Ontario, she has also lived in London, Ontario, and spent year-long stretches in Nice and Vancouver. She received a PhD in English with a specialization in Canadian literature from McGill University and an MA in Comparative Canadian Literature from Western. Her poetry has been supported by Canada Council for the Arts grants for Professional Writers. She has also been a resident at the Banff Centre for the Arts and a poetry Fellow at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland. She was one of the judges for the 2020 Montreal International Poetry Prize.
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