Dr. Susan Holbrook


B.A. Hons. (Victoria), M.A. (Calgary), Ph.D. (Calgary)

Contact                               Dr. Susan Holbrook

CHN Rm 2125
519 253 3000 ext. 2300

Teaching/Research Areas:

  • contemporary poetry and poetics
  • Canadian Literature
  • American modernism
  • gender studies
  • creative writing


Susan Holbrook’s poetry books are the GG-nominated and Trillium Book Award-nominated Throaty Wipes (Coach House 2016), Joy Is So Exhausting (Coach House 2009), which was shortlisted for the Trillium Award for Poetry, and misled (Red Deer 1999), which was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the Stephan G. Stephansson Award.  She teaches North American literatures and Creative Writing. With Thomas Dilworth she edited The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson: Composition as Conversation (Oxford U P, 2010). Her textbook How to Read (and Write About) Poetry was released in 2015 (Broadview).

Susan Holbrook’s teaching, research and writing is propelled by her interests in contemporary poetry and poetics, Canadian literature, American Modernism, gender studies, and creative writing.  She is poetry editor for Coach House press. She is currently working on an edition of Daphne Marlatt’s collected poetry.

  • 2016 Throaty Wipes (Coach House Books)
  • 2015 How to Read (and Write About) Poetry (Broadview Press)
  • 2010 "The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson: Composition as Conversation" Co-edited with Thomas Dilworth (Oxford UP)
  • 2009 "Joy is So Exhausting" (Coach House Press)