Susan Olding’s first book, Pathologies: A Life in Essays, won the Creative Nonfiction Collective’s Readers’ Choice Award for 2010, and was longlisted for both the BC National Award for Non-fiction and Canada Also Reads. A critical success, it was praised for its “excruciating clarity and surgical skill.” Pathologies, wrote novelist Nino Ricci, “combines the visceral force of lived experience with the nuance and narrative drive of the best fiction.”

But Susan began as a poet and following the success of her memoir, she has recently returned to the form. Her poetry has appeared in many literary journals and magazines, including Contemporary Verse 2 and she is one of the “Susans” included in the anthology Desperately Seeking Susan, edited by Kingston poet Sarah Tsiang.

A finalist for a National Magazine Award, two Western Magazine Awards, and a CBC Literary Award, Susan is also a two-time winner of the Event Creative Nonfiction Contest, winner of the Prairie Fire Nonfiction Contest, and the recipient of The New Quarterly’s inaugural Edna Award.

In addition to her literary work, Susan writes on health and fitness for Precision Nutrition. The former Web Editor for Kingston Writersfest, she now volunteers as a copywriter for the festival. She lives with her family in Kingston, where she writes a compelling blog on writing.

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