Susan McCaslin, The Disarmed Heart

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McCaslin cover scanSusan is the author of eleven volumes of poetry, including The Disarmed Heart (The St. Thomas Poetry Series, May   2014), poems on the roots of violence and of peace-making. She is Faculty Emeritus of Douglas College in Westminster, BC, where she taught English and Creative Writing for twenty-three years.


Her previous volume, Demeter Goes Skydiving (2012) was short-listed for the BC Book Prize (Dorothy Livesay Award) and the first-place winner of the Alberta Book Publishing Award (Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award) in 2012. Susan has published a volume of essays, Arousing the Spirit: Provocative Writings (Wood Lake Books, 2011), and edited two anthologies on poetry and spirituality. Her memoir, Into the Mystic: My Years with Olga, is forthcoming from Inanna Press (Toronto, Fall 2014). In addition, she is on the editorial board of Event: the Douglas College Review.


Susan is nourished by wilderness and by the world’s mystical traditions. She lives in Fort Langley, British Columbia, with her husband. Recently, she initiated the Han Shan Poetry Project as part of a successful campaign to protect an endangered rainforest along the Fraser River.



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Susan launched The Disarmed Heart on 1 May 2014 at St. Thomas’s Church together with Lee Johnson.


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Susan has also published Veil/Unveil (1997), edited Poetry and Spiritual Practice (2002)—now out of print—and contributed to both Poetry as Liturgy (2007) and Anniversary Poems (2013) in The St. Thomas Poetry Series.