Sue Goyette

BIOGRAPHY
Sue Goyette lives in Halifax and has published four books of poems, The True Names of Birds, Undone and outskirts from Brick Books, and Ocean, published by Gaspereau Press in April 2013. Her novel, Lures (HarperCollins), was published in 2002.

Sue has been nominated for several awards including the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, the Pat Lowther, the Gerald Lampert, the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, the Dartmouth Book Award and the Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poetry. Selections of her work won the 2008 CBC Literary Prize for Poetry, the 2010 Earle Birney Award and the 2011 Bliss Carman Poetry Award. She is the recipient of a Nova Scotia Established Artist Award as well as the Pat Lowther and Atlantic Poetry Awards.

Her poetry has appeared on the Toronto subway system, in wedding vows and spray-painted on a sidewalk somewhere in St. John, New Brunswick. Sue has taught at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Sage Hill Experience and currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Dalhousie University.

AWARDS

Nominated for the Atlantic Poetry Prize, the Dartmouth Book Award and the Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poetry; ‘Undone’

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Nominated for the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award; ‘Lures’

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Nominated for the 1999 Governor General’s Award for Poetry, the Pat Lowther Award and the Gerald Lampert Award; ‘The True Names of Birds’

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Won the 2008 CBC Literary Prize for Poetry; the 2010 Earle Birney Award; the 2011 Bliss Carmen Poetry Award; the 2012 Pat Lowther Award; the 2012 Atlantic Poetry Prize


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