Author Tags: Poetry

Susan Stenson's book of poetry, My Mother Agrees was published by Wolsak and Wyn in 2007. Her poetry has also appeared in most literary journals in Canada, on CBC radio, the Poetry in Transit program, and during ABE Books Random Acts of poetry week, 2004. She teaches English and creative writing to high school students and co-edits The Claremont Review, a literary journal for writers aged 13 to 19, WRITE Magaines pick for magazine of the year, 2000. She also edits poetry manuscripts, teachers classes and workshops for the Victoria School of Writing. Her book of poetry Nobody Move, which includes seven husbands as characters, was published by Sono Nis in 2011.

DATE OF BIRTH: January, 5, 1960

PLACE OF BIRTH: Cobourg, Ontario



AWARDS: ARC Poem of the Year 2004, League of Canadian Poets 1st Prize 1999, Rona Murray Poetry Prize,2004, This Magazines Great Literary Hunt 2000,


A Little More Swing, A Little Less Sway (Reference West, 1997)
Could Love a Man (Sono Nis Press, 2001)
Nobody Move (Sono Nis, 2011) 978-1-55039-180-0 $14.95

[BCBW 2011]

Press Release (2005)

(Victoria, BC - January 31, 2005) The prestigious annual writing contest staged by The Claremont Review – the non-profit Victoria-based magazine that showcases inspiring young writers – is to be sponsored by

Also located in Victoria, BC, - world’s largest marketplace for new, used, rare and out-of-print books - is funding the contest and lending marketing support so The Claremont Review can reach a new audience across North America.

Any budding poets or fiction writers from 13 to 19 years old can enter the event, which has been renamed ‘The Abebooks Annual Writing Contest 2005’.

All winning entries will be published in The Claremont Review’s fall edition. The three winners in both categories will receive prizes of $500, $300 and $200 respectively and a selection of collectible books from the Abebooks site. All entrants receive a one year subscription to the magazine.

The 2004 contest received more than 400 entries and organizers hope to double that figure thanks to greater exposure in bookstores, schools, libraries and the media. Contestants can supply one story or three poems per entry. The closing date is April 15th and writers can log on to for entry details., which receives more than four million visitors each month, will also carry details about the contest.

The Claremont Review, launched in March 1992, is run by unpaid volunteers who act as co-editors. It has been acclaimed across North America for nurturing young writers and poets, and even counts playwright Neil Simon among its subscribers. The magazine was named after the Victoria school that helped launch the title and where several editors teach.

Susan Stenson, co-editor of The Review, said: “Last year’s winners hailed from Ontario, BC, and New Hampshire. Imagine what’s going to happen when Abebooks lets the world know what we’re up to. We’re going to need a lot more volunteers to lick envelopes.”

“We are happy to help The Claremont Review develop young literary talent,” said Hannes Blum, CEO of “The contest entrants are the potential literary stars of tomorrow. Abebooks believes in the power of the written word and that’s why we are committed to this project.”


Naming the Baby
Info (2007)

In 1991 Terence Young of Victoria convinced renegade high school principal John Pringle to let him teach a new Writing 12 class. After Young showed his colleague Bill Stenson some of the work they produced, Stenson became the driving force behind The Claremont Review, a periodical specifically create to publish neophytes across Canada and the U.S. Some thirty issues later, Young, Stenson, Susan Stenson and Janice McCachen have edited a celebratory teen literature anthology, Naming the Baby: The Best of the Claremont Review (Orca $19.95). 978-1-55143-772-9