Susan Musgrave was born in Santa Cruz, CA, of Canadian parents, and has lived in Ireland, England, the Queen Charlotte Islands and Panama and Columbia. She has written 14 books of poetry, as well as works of fiction, non-fiction and writing for children. She has edited and appeared in numerous anthologies including The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry and the New Oxford Book of Canadian Verse. Her writing has also appeared widely in newspapers as well as on Salon.com.
Susan has won many awards, including a National Magazine Award, the CBC Literary Award for poetry, and the Vicky Metcalf Short Story Editors Award. She has read her work around the world.
Susan has been involved in the teaching of creative writing both as a writer-in-residence at universities, libraries and festivals across Canada and in the United Kingdom and as an instructor at the University of Waterloo and Camosun College. She is a previous chair of the Writers Union of Canada, and is on the advisory committee of the York University / Writer’s Development Trust Electronic Writers in Residence program.
She currently lives near Sidney, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and near Masset, on the Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida Gwaii, B.C.