Susan Musgrave's creations
from A Cargo of Orchids
are back in a diabolical
and tender, action-packed and
meditative novel, Given.

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Upcoming Events and Works

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Current Events:

November 2014

Susan is continuing working on a Cookbook:

It has a New Title, and it will now be published in the spring of 2015 by Whitecap.

Food Gathering and Feasting at the Edge of the World

Includes Susan Musgrave's highly coveted sourdough bread recipe and more in "From the Forage of the Oven" a chapter on beach combing and wash-up and a recipe for Shipwrecked Chicken Wings; in "A Rogue's Galley", and you will read about a local fisherman who offered an exotic dancer 50 lbs of shrimp to spend the night with him, and a famous politician's recipe for Rustled Beef by Gaslight.


June 2014

Susan Musgrave & Dominic Legault
Susan's spoken word poetry + Dominic's pump organ    accompaniment.

The much anticipated album
will be available in the spring of 2015.

Some remarkably successful live shows led to this album's immaculate conception. Inspired by Haida Gwaii, and the Sangan River on which they both live, a mere stones throw away from each other.




The characters from Susan Musgrave’s Cargo of Orchids are back in this brilliantly engaging novel.
Thistledown Press  Available Now



Recent Events:

August 2012

Pandora Collective Lifetime Achievement Award Gala Arts Awards 2012

July 2012


June 2012

Wild Art event, June 2012, Vancouver






Writing Without Borders 
Saturday, July 16 - Tuesday, July 19
9am - 3:30pm

Instructor: Susan Musgrave
Early Bird Fee: $405 + 48.60 HST (Until June 1st)
Regular Fee: $450 + $54 HST
Deposit: 101.25 + $12.15 HST

To Register call 1-800-442-2787
Or click here for a registration form

Course Description:  
Writers need to diversify these days. Creative writing must keep leaping genre lines, in its search for new sources of energy and inspiration. Certain skills are generally useful whether your interest lies in poetry, journal writing, plays, novels with plot, character and dialogue, or imaginative personal essays. As we explore what it means to work as a poet, a novelist, a writer of short stories or creative non-fiction, you may well discover talents you never knew you had.
The exercises and writing practice we do in this workshop, and the constructive feedback you will receive, will make you a better, more creative writer, no matter what kind of writing you do.

Events Included:

~Friday, July 15th, 7pm: Welcome Reception - IMA Gallery (2323 Pooley Street) -Meet your instructor and pick up your student information packages. Also opening for the Toni Onley Artists' Project Exhibition
~Saturday, July 16th, 5:30pm: Student BBQ - IMA Gallery  - Free for students
~Saturday, July 16th, 7:00pm: Artist Talk with Harold Klunder (mentor for the Artists' Project) - IMA Gallery  - Free for students
~Sunday, July 17h, 7:00pm: Artist Talk with Libby Hague (mentor for Artists' Project) - IMA Gallery  - Free for students
~Sunday, July 18th, 7:00pm: Reading with Susan Musgrave - IMA Gallery  - Free for students
IMA students also receive free admission to Barkerville Historic Town and many discounts to local businesses.



Founded in 2002, the Robson Reading Series has been enlivening the literary community of Vancouver for over nine years. The UBC Bookstore and UBC Library at Robson Square are pleased to host a dynamic selection of authors whose poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction works expand our knowledge of writing through distinct approaches to style, subject, and form.

Thursday, April 21, 7pm:
Celebrate National Poetry Month:
Jacob McArthur Mooney,
Susan Musgrave and Matt Rader


Vancouver International Poetry Festival, April 18-23, 2011

The inaugural Vancouver International Poetry Festival will harness the diversity of spoken word in Canada and beyond to present a world-class spoken word festival that showcases the best that Canada has to offer, as well as exploring and expanding the boundaries of contemporary spoken word. It will be an opportunity for Vancouver audiences to experience some of the most cutting-edge spoken word presentations in Canada and the world, supporting the further expansion of the local spoken word community to support outstanding artists to present their work on an ongoing basis.

Susan will be speaking on the 19th of April.


Origami Dove, poetry, from McClelland and Stewart, 2011

Join Us for the launch of the eagerly anticipated new collection of poetry,

Friday, April 8th | 7:00pm to 9:00pm | Open Space Gallery, 510 Fort Street, Victoria, BC

Please RSVP to

Books will be sold by Munro's Books | www. /poetry

Click here for evite.pdf


Past: New Books:

Available Now:

Origami Dove, poetry, from McClelland and Stewart, 2011

When the World is Not Our Home: Selected Poems 1985-2000, from Thistledown, 2009

The Obituary of Light: Sangan River Meditations, from Leaf Press, 2009 (chapbook)


Note for Reading Hosts: (Click here for a .pdf)

Susan Musgrave: Notes for Hosts of Literary Readings

In the April 2003 edition of PLAYBOY, Susan Musgrave is referred to as "one of the most beautiful and interesting women on the planet."

Susan comments: "Before you jump to conclusions about PLAYBOY having matured in their depiction of ideal beauty, the article in which this quotation appeared, "The Last Heist", was written by my husband, Stephen Reid, who is serving an eighteen year sentence for his last bank heist. He doesn't meet many women of any description where he is locked up, on the Devil's Island of the Canadian penitentiary system, William Head (a.k.a Club Fed).

Her most recent novel is Cargo of Orchids , latest poetry collection What the Small Day Cannot Hold: Collected Poems 1970-1985 (Beach Holme). You're in Canada Now...A Memoir of Sorts was published in the fall of 2005.

She has published 25 books: she is a poet, novelist, children's writer, essayist, columnist and frequent guest on the C.B.C. She has been described as everything from a standup comedian to an eco-feminist. She lives on Vancouver Island and on the Queen Charlottes/Haida Gwaii.

She has been nominated, and has received awards, in six different categories of writing: poetry, fiction, non-fiction, personal essay, children's writing and for her work as an editor.

She wrote the lyrics to a song, "Missing," dedicated to sixty-two of the missing women on Vancouver's downtown eastside, which has recently been released on a CD. Proceeds from sales go to Haven Society, who provide a transition house for women and children who have suffered abuse, as well as a Victim Services/Women's Assault Programme on Vancouver Island.

Musgrave wins Spirit Bear Award, 2012: The tribute recognizes the significance of a vital and enduring contribution to the poetry of the Pacific Northwest, and is presented every two years. The award was founded in 2010 by B.C. authors Patrick Lane and Lorna Crozier.

Lane calls Musgrave one of Canada's most remarkable and enduring writers. "Her presence as a writer and teacher has changed this land of ours. Her books have named and placed us spiritually," Lane said in a news release.
"Her artistic presence over the past 40 years has helped create who we are. She is as important to us as Emily Carr. Her continuing legacy will long endure."

Read more:


.....a fearless woman on the page and on the stage, quite probably Canada's greatest living poet....." Roselawn Centre, Port Colborne, Ontario

"It didn't matter if you hadn't heard of Susan Musgrave. Or if you hadn't read her books. By the end of the evening everyone knew everything about her and were moved by the poignancy of her words."

       -Toronto Star review of Harbourfront performance

"Susan Musgrave has made me hate poetry a little less."

         - Spectrum High School student, Victoria, B.C


"I've discovered the ultimate combination of books for Anarchist Grade Nine (to 12) girls: Story of O and Things That Keep and Do Not Change by Musgrave. If someone offered those two books as a package deal to angry young femmes I think Susan would become rich off poetry royalties."

       Bookseller at Coles, Toronto



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