Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Susan, a lesson in awesomeness (part 2)

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It's my birthday today, and in celebration I'm going to open up a beer and get out one of my beloved Susan Glickman books. You, dear reader, are welcome to get a beer as well and we'll distance read together. Don't forget to sigh in bliss at the brilliance that is Susan Glickman. And I believe Newcastle is the recommended beer pairing to a classic Glickman.

1)What makes you so awesome?
Animals are not afraid of me. Strange cats follow me down the street to rub against my legs. A cow once crossed an English meadow to lick my hand. I have fed grapefruit to a pair of hyrax in the Israeli desert and whole wheat toast to a Grey Jay in the Kawarthas.

2) What inspires you to write when you’re feeling stuck?
I don't get really get "stuck" because I always have so many projects going on at the same time that I just change to a different one if what I'm working on starts to feel forced or inauthentic.

3) What fascinates you?
Mostly nature, and mostly those parts of nature beyond people.

4) What poem do you wish you had written? Why?
Well, there are dozens, but one I keep going back to is "Heroic Simile" by Robert Hass (from Praise), because of its nonchalant elegance in unpacking a metaphor of dazzling unexpectedness and everyday simplicity.

5) What do you wish you had known when you started writing?
How long it would take me to discover the true form of virtually every piece I begin. Which is another way of saying that I am a terrible editor of my own work.

6) What’s your best joke?
I'm more the spontaneous and oblique bad-pun-maker than a jokester. But here's one that never fails to crack up all the little kids of my acquaintance: Q: Why was six afraid of seven? A: Because seven eight nine!

Susan Glickman works as a freelance editor and teaches writing at Ryerson University and U of T. The Smooth Yarrow, her sixth collection of poetry, will be published this month by Signal Editions. Her second novel, The Tale-Teller, comes out with Cormorant in September; her first, The Violin Lover (2006), won the Canadian Jewish Fiction Award and was named one of the year’s top 100 books by the National Post. She is also the author of the "Lunch Bunch" trilogy of children's' books and of The Picturesque & the Sublime: A Poetics of the Canadian Landscape.

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Sarah Tsiang

Sarah Tsiang is the author of A Flock of Shoes (Annick Press, 2010), Sweet Devilry (Oolichan Books, 2011), Dogs Don’t Eat Jam and Other Things Big Kids Know (Annick Press, 2011) and Warriors and Wailers: 100 Ancient Chinese Jobs You Might Have Relished or Reviled (Annick Press, 2012). Her latest picture book, Stone Hatchlings, will be released in fall, 2012.

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