Sue MacLeod

Sue MacLeod is the author of one YA novel, Namesake, and three poetry collections.

She has made her home in Halifax, where she was the city’s first poet laureate (2001 to 2005) and in Toronto and Montreal. Sue has read from her work across Canada and has taught creative writing at Dalhousie University, the Nova Scotia Writers’ Federation, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Quebec Writers’ Federation. She also works as a freelance editor.

Sue’s poems have been described as “necessary and cherishable” (George Elliott Clarke), and Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang, writing in Open Book Toronto, said, “I wandered around town quoting her poetry out loud to myself until I noticed how many people crossed the street to avoid me.” Reviewing Sue’s YA novel, Canadian Children’s Book News wrote, “without a misstep .. this book is a gem” and CM Magazine agreed: “In every way, this book is a triumph.”

Sue now lives in south end Halifax. Her second YA manuscript, “Slow Dancing at the Revolution,” is currently out to publishers.


Mood Swing, with Pear (Signature Editions, 2016)
Namesake (Pajama Press, 2013)
To Find Us: Words and Images of Halifax (Editor; Halifax Regional Municipality, 2005)
That Singing You Hear at the Edges (Signature Editions, 2003)
The Language of Rain (Roseway Publishing, 1995)


Shortlist, Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence, 2014 (for freelance book editing)

Shortlist, National Chapter of Canada IODE Violet Downey Book Award, 2013 (for Namesake)

Best Books for Kids and Teens selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, 2013 (for Namesake)

Shortlist, Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award, 2006 (for editing To Find Us: Words and Images of Halifax)

Inaugural Poet Laureate, Halifax Regional Municipality, 2001 to 2005

Arc‘s Poem of the Year Award, 2000

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