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Susan McCaslin

Photo: Mark Haddock 2016

Susan McCaslin has published fourteen volumes of poetry, including her most recent, Painter, Poet, Mountain: After Cézanne (Quattro Books, 2016). Her Into the Open: New and Selected Poems (Inann) will be published in the Fall of 2017.  She published a volume of essays, Arousing the Spirit: Provocative Writings, with Wood Lake Books in 2011. Previous volumes of poetry include The Disarmed Heart (The St. Thomas Poetry Series, 2014) and Demeter Goes Skydiving (University of Alberta Press, 2011). The latter was short-listed for the BC Book Prize (Dorothy Livesay Award) and the first-place winner of the Alberta Book Publishing Award (Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award) in 2012. Susan has also published a memoir, Into the Mystic: My Years with Olga (Inanna Publications, 2014). She currently resides in Fort Langley, British Columbia where she initiated the Han Shan Poetry Project as part of a successful campaign to protect an endangered rainforest along the Fraser River. Her collaborative mongraph  of creative non-fiction with J.S Porter, Thomas Merton Superabundantly Alive. will be published by Wood Lake Books in the Fall of 2018.


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Lifting the Stone. Seraphim Editions, 2007
A Plot of Light. Oolichan Press, 2004
At the Mercy Seat. Ronsdale Press, 2003
Common Longing. Mellen Poetry Press, 2001
The Altering Eye. Borealis Press, 2000
Flying Wounded. The University Press of Florida, 2000
Veil/ Unveil. The Saint Thomas Poetry Series, 1997
Light Housekeeping. Ekstasis Editions, 1997
Locutions. Ekstasis Editions, 1995
Conversing with Paradise. Golden Eagle Press, 1986
Into the Open. Golden Eagle Press, 1999
The Visions of the Seven Sleepers. The Iona Press, 1979
Letters to William Blake. Mother Tongue Press, 1997
Oracular Heart. Reference West, 1999
Motions of the Heart. Arion Press, 1978
Kindling. Arion Press, 1979
Thinking About God (children's book). Twenty-Third Publications, 1994
A Matter of Spirit: Recovery of the Sacred in Contemporary Canadian Poetry (anthology). Ekstasis Editions, 1998
Poetry & Spiritual Practice: Selections from Contemporary Canadian Poets (anthology). The Saint Thomas Poetry Series, 2002
Arousing the Spirit. Wood Lake Publishing, 2011
Demeter Goes Skydiving. University of Alberta Press, 2011
Arousing the Spirit: Provocative Writings. Woodlake Publishing, 2011
The Disarmed Heart. The St. Thomas Poetry Series, 2014
Painter,Poet, Mountain: After Cezanne . Quattro Books, 2016
Into the Mystic: My Years with Olga. Inanna Publications, 2014
Into the Open: New and Selected Poems. Inanna Publications, 2017


Annual Literary Writes of the Federation of BC Writers, Poetry for Radiant Body, published in WordWorks, 2006
Burnaby Writers' Society Poetry Competition for Faith is the Evidence, 2005
Mother Tongue Chapbook Competition, first place for Letters to William Blake, 1997
finalist for BC Book Prize (Dorothy Livesay Award) for Demeter Goes Skydiving, 2011
Winner of the for Alberta Book Publishers Award (Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award). ward) for Demeter Goes Skydiving, 2012
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