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Susan Musgrave

Susan Musgrave
Born 12 March 1951
Occupation Author
Genre Poetry, Fiction, Children's Literature

Susan Musgrave (born March 12, 1951) is a Canadian poet and children's writer. She was born in Santa Cruz, California to Canadian parents, and currently lives in British Columbia, dividing her time between Sidney and Haida Gwaii.

Musgrave is married to Stephen Reid, a writer, convicted bank robber and former member of the infamous band of thieves known as the Stopwatch Gang. Their relationship was chronicled in 1999 in the CBC series Life and Times.[1]

Musgrave defended Al Purdy's collection of poetry Rooms for Rent in the Outer Planets: Selected Poems, 1962–1996 in Canada Reads 2006, a nationally broadcast radio "battle of the books" competition.[2]

She currently teaches creative writing in the University of British Columbia's Optional Residency Master of Fine Arts Program.



  • Songs of the Sea-Witch — 1970
  • Entrance of the Celebrant — 1972
  • Grave-Dirt and Selected Strawberries — 1973
  • Gullband Thought Measles was a Happy Ending — 1974
  • The Impstone — 1976
  • Selected Strawberries and Other Poems — 1977
  • Kiskatinaw Songs — 1978
  • Becky Swan's Book — 1978
  • A Man to Marry, A Man to Bury — 1979 (nominated for a Governor General's Award)
  • Tarts and Muggers — 1982
  • Right through the Heart — 1982
  • Cocktails at the Mausoleum — 1985
  • The Embalmer's Art — 1991
  • Forcing the Narcissus — 1994
  • Things That Keep and Do Not Change — 1999
  • What the Small Day Cannot Hold: Collected Poems 1970-1985 — 2000
  • When the World Is Not Our Home: Selected Poems 1985-2000 — 2009
  • Obituary of Light: the Sangan River Meditations — 2009
  • Origami Dove — 2011


  • The Charcoal Burners — 1980 (nominated for a Governor General's Award)
  • The Dancing Chicken — 1987
  • Cargo of Orchids — 2000
  • Given — 2012


  • Great Musgrave — 1989
  • Musgrave Landing: Musings on the Writing Life — 1994
  • You're in Canada Now... Motherfucker: A Memoir of Sorts — 2005

Children's literature

  • Gullband — 1980
  • Hag Head — 1980
  • Kestrel and Leonardo — 1990
  • Dreams Are More Real than Bathtubs — 1998
  • Kiss, Tickle, Cuddle, Hug" — 2012

Compiled or edited by Musgrave

  • Because You Loved Being a Stranger: 55 Poets Celebrate Patrick Lane — 1994
  • Nerves Out Loud: Critical Moments in the Lives of Seven Teen Girls — 2001
  • You Be Me: Friendship in the Lives of Teen Girls — 2002
  • The Fed Anthology — 2003
  • Certain Things About My Mother: Daughters Speak — 2003
  • Perfectly Secret: The Hidden Lives of Seven Teen Girls — 2004

Song lyrics

  • Ode to the missing but not forgotten — 2006 (performed by guitarist Brad Prevedoros and singer Amber Smith)[3]


  1. ^ "The Poet and the Bandit: The Life and Times of Susan Musgrave and Stephen Reid". CBC. Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  2. ^ "'"End of the road for Boyden on 'Canada Reads. CBC. 2006-04-20. Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  3. ^ "Ode to the Missing But Not Forgotten (article from the Vancouver Sun)". Vancouver Eastside Missing Women. 2006-06-05. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 

External links

  • Susan Musgrave's Website
  • from Sangan River House. Unpublished poems by Susan Musgrave.
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