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Books Published (fiction)

  • Cargo of Orchids (Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2000.)
  • The Dancing Chicken (Methuen, 1987)
  • The Charcoal Burners (McClelland & Stewart. 1980 (Finalist in Seal First Novel Competition and short-listed for Governor General's Award); paperback by Totem in 1981)

Books Published (poetry)

  • The Selected Poems of Susan Musgrave, chosen by Lorna Crozier (Beach Holme, 2000)
  • What the small day cannot hold: collected poems 1970-1985 (Porcepic Books, 2000)
  • Things That Keep and do not Change (McClelland & Stewart, 1999)
  • Forcing the Narcissus (McClelland & Stewart, 1994)
  • The Embalmer's Art: Poems New and Selected (Exile Editions, 1991)
  • Cocktails at the Mausoleum (McClelland & Stewart, 1985); Beach Holme (revised edition, 1992)
  • Tarts and Muggers: Poems New and Selected (McClelland & Stewart, 1982)
  • A Man to Marry, a Man to Bury (McClelland & Stewart,1979) (Short-listed for Governor General's Award)
  • Becky Swan's Book (Porcupine's Quill, 1978)
  • Selected Strawberries and Other Poems (Sono Nis Press, 1977)
  • Kiskatinaw Songs (Pharos Press, 1977. With Sean Virgo, illustrated by Douglas Tait)
  • The Impstone (McClelland & Stewart, 1976; Omphalos Press, London, 1978)
  • Grave-Dirt and Selected Strawberries (Macmillan, 1973 (Short- listed for Governor General's Award)
  • Entrance of the Celebrant (Macmillan, 1972; Fuller d'Arch Smith, London)
  • Songs of the Sea-Witch (Sono Nis Press, 1970)

Books Published (for children)

  • Dreams are More Real than Bathtubs. (Fiction. Illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay. Orca. 1998)
  • Kestrel and Leonardo (Studio 123. 1990. Poetry. Illustrated by Linda Rogers.
  • Hag Head (Clarke, Irwin & Co. 1980. Fiction. Illustrated by Carol Evans.)
  • Gullband (J.J. Douglas, 1974. Poetry. Illustrated by Rikki Ducornet)

Books Published (non-fiction)

  • Musgrave Landing: Musings on the Writing Life; Stoddart, 1994
  • Great Musgrave (a collection of essays and columns; Prentice-Hall 1989; short-listed for the 1990 Stephen Leacock Award for Humour)

Compiled and Edited

  • The Fed anthology edited by Susan Musgrave. Vancouver : Anvil Press, 2003.
  • Editor for Thistledown Press (Saskstoon, Sask.) 1994-1997
  • Because You Loved Being a Stranger: 55 Poets Celebrate Patrick Lane (Harbour Publishing, 1994)
  • Clear Cut Words: Writers for Clayoquot, (Hawthorne Society for Reference West, 1993)


  • In the Small Hours of the Rain, poetry published by Reference West (Victoria) 1991 (winner, First Prize, of b.p. Nichol Poetry Chapbook Award, 1991)


  • The Spiritualization of Cruelty, six poems with drawings by Pavel Skalnik, limited, lettered and numbered edition, 1992

Pamphlets and Broadshides:

  • Many pamphlets (limited editions) from the Sceptre Press in England.
  • From Dreadnaught 52-Pickup, #9 (1976): Between Friends.
  • Taboo Man was published by Celia Duthie, 1981, in a limited edition of 50 signed copies.
  • The Plane Put Down in Sacramento and "I do not know if things that happen can be said to come to pass or only happen" as broadsides, by William Hoffer.
  • Desireless: Tom York (1947-1988) published by Slug Press, 1988.
  • The Situation in Which We are both Amateurs published by Lazara Press, 1998.

Recent Publication in Anthologies (poetry)

  • Canadian Literature in the Seventies (Holt,Rinehart and Winston, 1980)
  • Gangsters, Ghosts and Dragonflies (George Allen & Unwin,1981. London)
  • New Oxford Book of Canadian Verse (Oxford, 1982),
    Antologia de la Poesia anglocanadiense contemporanea (Los Libros de la Frontera, Barcelona, Spain, 1985)
  • The New Canadian Poets 1970-1985 (McClelland & Stewart, 1985)
  • The Norton Introduction to Poetry, 3rd Edition, 1986, and 6th Edition, 1994
  • The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, 1988, 1989
  • The Norton Introduction to Literature, Regular, 6th Edition, 1994 and Shorter, 6th Edition, 1994
  • The Great Big Book of Canadian Humour edited by Allan Gould (Macmillan, 1992)
  • portrait included in Barbara Woodley's Portraits: Canadian Women in Focus (Doubleday. 1992)
  • Poetry: An Introduction (Bedford Books of St Martin's Press, 1994)
  • Bedford Introduction to Literature (Bedford Books, 1995)
  • Uncommon Wealth (Oxford, 1997) etc.

Short fiction in anthologies

  • Fever: Sensual Stories by Women Writers, edited by Michelle Slung (Harcourt Brace, 1994)
  • Without a Guide: Contemporary Women's Travel Adventure, edited by Katherine Govier (Macfarlane Walter & Ross, 1994)
  • Best American Erotica, 1995 edited by Susie Bright (Simon & Schuster)

Essays anthologized in

  • Horizons edited by Ken Roy (Harcourt Brace, 1994)
  • Far and Wide edited by Sean Armstrong (Nelson, 1994)

Recent Periodical Publications (poetry)

  • Canada:
    Toronto Life, Exile, The Malahat Review, Queen's Quarterly, Event, The Prison Journal, Brick, Poetry Canada Review (cover and feature); Writers' Quarterly (cover and feature), Border Crossings, Anthos, and Canadian Literature
  • USA:
    Poetry Studies, Mundus Artium, Three Rivers Poetry Journal, Boundary 2, Negative Capability Nimbus, Iris, Pivot, Ladybug (for children), Prairie Schooner, Southern Review; (anthology) Best American Poetry, 1995, edited by David Lehman (Scribner/ Simon & Schuster).
  • Britain:
    Ambit, Poetry Review, The Little Word Machine, New Poetry, New Departures, Bananas, Aquarius and others
  • Australia:
    Helix, Poetry Australia Denmark: Anglofiles

Other Publications (fiction and non-fiction)

  • "Custer Sloat's Last Christmas" (Christmas story commissioned by The Globe and Mail, December 24, 1987)
  • Columnist (Writer-in-Residence) for the Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, STEP Magazine (Vancouver) Cut To: Magazine, Victoria, Sidney Review, Sidney, B.C. (1988-1991)
  • "A Woman's Way Through Unknown Labrador", Imperial Oil Review 1996
  • Poetry Reviewer for the Vancouver Sun: January 1996 (ongoing)
  • Merilyn Simonds. The Convict Lover. The New Reader by Duthie Books, Summer 1996

Susan Musgrave's works copyright © to the author.

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