Bio

Susan Scott is a Great Lakes writer and editor attuned to story, spirit, self, and culture.

In latest book, Body & Soul, women writers and poets speak to unorthodox encounters with the sacred. The anthology Stories in My Neighbour’s Faith features unexpected voices from across Canada. A chapbook, Temple in a Teapot, launched on a 1,000-mile tour of western states, is a personal essay that plumbs the sublime and the suppressed in American religious history.

Sainted Dirt, her memoir-in-progress, turns on shame and the sacred in the lives of women and girls.

Susan has taught widely in communities and classrooms, including at Renison University College, St. Jerome’s University, and Wilfrid Laurier University. She has guest-lectured in writing programs and at the Yale Institute for Sacred Music (ISM).

Her popular life-writing webinars (2020-) introduce a global audience to emerging writers and underrepresented voices.

Collaborating is a cornerstone of practice. Susan founded the award-winning Walkerton Water Stories Project, and its offspring, the Water Stories Project, and is a founding member of Native-Immigrant’s culture work in Montreal and Chile. She has served as The New Quarterly’s lead nonfiction editor (2012-9), and as associate creative director of the Wild Writers Literary Festival (2013-9). In 2020 she transitioned to contributing editor, and became director of the newly minted Wild Writers Mentorship Program.

Dedication to community service is coloured by a rich humanities education, including doctoral work in anthropology, fine arts, and religious studies (University of Pittsburgh); an MA in religion & culture (Wilfrid Laurier University), training in spiritual direction (Jubilee Program, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto), and a graduate certificate in creative writing from the Humber School for Writers.

With gratitude for living on the Haldimand Tract, in the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, Anishnaabeg, and Neutral peoples, Susan currently serves local arts and culture as vice-chair of the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund.

Look for her cycling on her Simcoe, wicker basket brimming with baguettes.

Watch for news of her next book in 2022.