Susan Downe’s work (poetry and fiction) has appeared in Fiddlehead, Grain, Prairie Fire, Canadian Forum, and Pottersfield Portfolio, and is included in several anthologies.
Her first book of poems, a chapbook called ‘Between This . . . and This’ (Spanish Onion Press, 1998), dealt with her father's death and it’s effect on her mother. Her second book, ‘Little Horse’ (Brick Books, 2004) was shortlisted for the 2005 Gerald Lampert Award.
Downe's first novel, which also includes poetry, was just launched on Oct. 23rd, 2013. ‘Juanita Wildrose: My True Life’ (Pedlar Press is a reminiscent piece touching on motherhood, mortality, love and sex.
“Whether she is writing about the loss of her breast, or the loss of a friend, about the pleasure of time with her grandchildren or the passion of making love to her husband, Susan Downe writes with a surety of voice that comes from looking at the world and words with a gracious honesty. These spare and graceful poems are love stories; even the title sequence, about Downe's struggle with breast cancer, is a loving celebration of the beauty, the fullness, the irrefutable blessing of being alive.” Brick Books
Susan Downe is a retired London psychotherapist.