“A word does not start as a word—it is an end product that begins as an impulse, stimulated by attitude and behaviour which dictate
the need for expression.”
The Empty Space
A former arts educator, Susie is a Seattle-based Canadian. She's currently a graduate student in the University of Saskatchewan's MFA in Writing program, a poetry reader for the Canadian literary journal, The Fiddlehead, and a member of the Saskatchewan Writer's Guild.
Susie is grateful for professional support from awards that include the Dr. Edward McCourt Memorial Travel Award, the Hantelman Humanities Scholarship, and a University of Saskatchewan Entrance Scholarship, as well as residencies in Catalonia’s Faber Institute, in California’s Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and in Canada’s Leighton Artist Colony at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. She completed a Booming Ground poetry mentorship with UBC’s Graduate School of Creative Writing in 2016.
In 2019, one of Susie's poems appeared in Written Here, The Community of Writer's anthology. Susie’s poetry and fiction have been the focus of studies in rhythm by The Northwest Chapter, Dalcroze Society of America, under the direction of Julia Schnebly-Black. The Dalcroze Society is an international music education organization applying the teachings of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze regarding the embodiment of musical impulses through movement, voice, and improvisation.
Susie is a writing mentor with Coyote Central, a vibrant Seattle arts program for middle-school youth engaged in a community of teaching artists.