Susan Gillis has lived on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and along the St. Lawrence River, and now makes her home near Perth in eastern Ontario. Her most recent book, Yellow Crane (Brick 2018), is a meditation on ecologies of place, writing, and desire. Volta, her second book, was awarded the AM Klein Prize for Poetry; her other books have been finalists for awards from the Quebec Writers Federation, the Association for Studies in Literature and the Environment, Relit and the League of Canadian Poets. Her work has been featured in Best Canadian Poetry, Juniper, The Fiddlehead, Grain, and other journals in print and online. A member of the collaborative group Yoko’s Dogs, Susan also works as a poetry editor and mentor. For information about these services, please see www.susangillis.ca or contact her through the link on this page.
I offer workshops in writing, revising and/or reading poetry for all age groups and levels of experience, tailored to a group's particular interest. Past workshop topics have included poetry and wilderness, everyday joy, sparking surprise, studio practice, playful craft, collaboration, and how to love revision.
I love being in the classroom and am happy to adapt my presentation about poetry to your group's interests and needs.