Sue MacLeod – Author


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My first book of poems, The Language of Rain, came out in 1995 from Roseway Publishing and my latest, Mood Swing, with Pear, in 2016 from Signature Editions.

To Find Us: Words and Images of Halifax

I served for four years (2001–2005) as the first poet laureate of Halifax, Nova Scotia. In that role, I edited To Find Us: Words and Images of Halifax, which was shortlisted for the Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia’s MasterWorks Arts Award in 2007.

I’ve read my poems on national CBC and at libraries, bookstores and literary festivals across Canada, with two of the best venues being the famous Ship Inn tavern in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and the Saskatchewan Festival of Words in Moose Jaw. I’ve been shortlisted for the Milton Acorn People’s Poet of Canada award, won Arc‘s poem of the year contest, and received a fellowship to live and write for a month in a Scottish castle.

Excerpts from Reviews

“… a poet wonderfully adept at teasing the numinous out of ordinary circumstances.”

—Robert Moore, Winnipeg Free Press

“This is poetry we need more of. It is emotional without being maudlin; rejoicing in the particular pleasures of language, yet it remembers language’s human core.”

–Martin Wallace, The Malahat Review

“… a cherishable, necessary book, one fit to tote everywhere and quote to all and sundry.”

—George Elliot Clarke, The Mail-Star

“… the familiar, comforting twang of a hurtin’ song (if country singers had post grad degrees).”

—Richard M. Vaughan, The Fiddlehead

“I wandered around town quoting her poetry out loud to myself until I noticed how many people crossed the street to avoid me while I joyfully muttered, “We were Olive Oyl/ We were Popeye, too.” You can read the poem as well, but I warn you, Sue’s book is aptly named: her poetry becomes that singing you hear at the edges.”

—Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang, Open Book: Toronto