Susan Goyette

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Susan Goyette
Born (1964-04-04) 4 April 1964 (age 58)
Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Notable awardsCBC Literary Award (2008)

Susan (Sue) Goyette (born 4 April 1964 in Sherbrooke, Quebec) is a Canadian poet and novelist.


Born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Goyette grew up in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, on Montreal's south shore.

Her first poetry book, The True Names of Birds (1998), was nominated for the 1999 Governor General's Award, the Pat Lowther Award and the Gerald Lampert Award. Goyette's first novel, Lures (2002), was nominated for the 2003 Thomas Head Raddall Award. She has also written another poetry collection, Undone (2004), and won the 2008 CBC Literary Award in poetry for the poem "Outskirts".[1][2] The poetry collection of the same name, Outskirts, won the Atlantic Poetry Prize in 2012.[3] Goyette's fourth poetry collection, Ocean, was published in 2013 by Gaspereau Press.[4] Her fifth poetry collection, The Brief Reincarnation of a Girl, was published in 2015 by Gaspereau Press.[5]

Goyette's collection Ocean is the recipient of the 2015 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award, which recognizes the excellence of a particular work of art or design from any media and carries a cash value of $25,000.[6]

Goyette has been a member of the faculty of The Maritime Writers' Workshop, The Banff Wired Studio, and The Sage Hill Writing Experience.

Goyette was a judge for the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize.

Personal life[edit]

She presently lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and teaches at Dalhousie University.[1] In April 2020, she was named the city's eighth poet laureate.[7]

Her stepson, Colin Munro, currently lives in the United Kingdom, where he performs as a drag queen under the name Crystal, and was a competitor in the first season of RuPaul's Drag Race UK.[8]

Awards and honours[edit]

Her 2020 poetry collection Anthesis was shortlisted for the ReLit Award for poetry in 2021,[9] and Georgette LeBlanc's French translation of Goyette's Ocean won the Governor General's Award for English to French translation at the 2020 Governor General's Awards.[10]


  • The True Names of Birds (Brick, 1998) ISBN 0-919626-99-8
  • Lures (Harper Flamingo, 2002) ISBN 0-00-200506-9[11][12][13][14]
  • Undone (Brick, 2004) ISBN 1-894078-33-0[15]
  • First Writes (Banff Centre, 2005) ISBN 1-894773-16-0 (anthology edited with Kelley Aitken and Barbara Scott)[16]
  • Outskirts (Brick Books, 2011) ISBN 978-1-926829-68-5[17]
  • Ocean (Gaspereau Press, 2013) ISBN 978-1-554471-22-5[4] (shortlisted for the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize)
  • The Best Canadian Poetry In English, 2013 (Tightrope Books, 2013) ISBN 978-1926639666[18] (anthology guest editor)
  • The Brief Reincarnation of a Girl (Gaspereau Press, 2015) ISBN 978-1554471461[5]
  • Penelope (Gaspereau Press, 2017) ISBN 978-1554471461[19]
  • Anthesis (2020)


  1. ^ a b "CBC Literary Awards - Winners". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 4 March 2009. Retrieved 28 February 2009.
  2. ^ Carter Flynn, Sue (25 February 2009). "Love lit: CBC Literary Awards announced tomorrow". ArtAttack. Halifax: The Coast. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Congratulations to Sue Goyette --winner of the Atlantic Poetry Prize for her book Outskirts!!"
  4. ^ a b "Gaspereau Press - Book Information".
  5. ^ a b "Gaspereau Press - Book Information". Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Ocean Wins 2015 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award". The Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  7. ^ Stephen Cooke, "Sue Goyette named Halifax's new poet laureate". Halifax Chronicle-Herald, April 28, 2020.
  8. ^ Morgan Mullin, "Former Haligonian announced as competitor on the first-ever UK edition of RuPaul's Drag Race". The Coast, August 15, 2019.
  9. ^ "38 books shortlisted for 2021 ReLit Awards". CBC Books, April 19, 2021.
  10. ^ "La Québécoise Sophie Létourneau lauréate d’un Prix littéraire du Gouverneur général". Ici Radio-Canada Nouveau-Brunswick, June 1, 2021.
  11. ^ Waters, Juliet (2002). "Teenage Wasteland (review)". Montreal Mirror. Archived from the original on 23 November 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  12. ^ Lennon, Maureen. "Suffering Beautifully (review)". Books in Canada: The Canadian Review of Books. Retrieved 13 March 2009.
  13. ^ Jackson, Lorna (January 2002). "Lures (review)". Quill & Quire. Retrieved 28 February 2009.
  14. ^ Govier, Katherine (March 2002). "Smells Like Teen Dispirit (review)". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 13 March 2009.[dead link]
  15. ^ Neilson Glenn, Lorri. "Antigonish Review #141". Antigonish Review. Archived from the original on 12 December 2010. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
  16. ^ "First Writes". Banff Centre. Retrieved 12 May 2009.
  17. ^ "Abraham | Brick Books".
  18. ^ "NameBright - Coming Soon".
  19. ^ "Gaspereau Press - Book Information".