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Contact Susan Elmslie: susan.elmslie at

Bio: Susan Elmslie was born in Brampton, Ontario, and now lives in Montreal. Her first trade collection, I, Nadja, and Other Poems (Brick, 2006) won the A.M. Klein Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the McAuslan First Book Prize. In 2007 it was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award and a ReLit Award. Her writing appears in journals, anthologies, and a prize-winning chapbook, When Your Body Takes to Trembling (Cranberry Tree, 1996). She received a PhD in English (specialization: Canadian literature) from McGill University. She was a Hawthornden Poetry Fellow in 2002.

Quotes for I, Nadja, and Other Poems:

“What range and abundance! A catalogue of trench coats, a daughter’s first hunger, the stories of George Sand, Marie Curie, and, of course, Breton’s love, the unforgettable, unknowable Nadja. Each of these poems is fully felt, finely formed, astonishingly different from the next. Susan Elmslie compels you to linger with admiration – but also to keep turning the pages, breathless for the next discovery.”
— Stephanie Bolster

“If for no other reason, buy this book for the “I, Nadja” poems. They are brilliant. But there is another reason-the book itself-all of it.”
— P.K. Page

Cover of I, Nadja, and Other Poems(Brick, 2006).  Design by Alan Siu.

Susan’s photo by Danica Meredith, Aperture Solutions.


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