Creator: Sue MacLeod
Nominator: Andrew Terris
Sue MacLeod has published two books of poetry, That Singing You Hear at the Edges and The Language of Rain.
Her poems have also appeared in journals and anthologies across the country and been broadcast on regional and national CBC.
She has been invited to read from her work in nine of Canada’s provinces, at venues ranging from the Ship Inn in St. John’s, to the Festival of Words in Moose Jaw, to Vancouver’s inner-city library at the corner of Hastings and Main.
Sue grew up in Toronto, but has lived in Nova Scotia since her teens and currently makes her home in downtown Halifax. As part of the writing community, she has served on the Board of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, taught poetry at The Tatamagouche Centre, and to students of all ages through the Writers in the Schools program.
From 2001-5, she was HRM’s inaugural Poet Laureate, and in that role she conceived of and edited To Find Us: Words and Images of Halifax.
Jury Comments: This anthology of words and images combined in a small compact book presents the city of Halifax as a warm, human and very real place. The combinations of words and photos inspire readers to become involved and create their own associations and conclusions.
The collection is diverse in class, age and culture and goes well beyond the stereotypical image of the city of Halifax.