Ottawa writer Susan McMaster, the 2011-12 President of the League of Canadian Poets, is author or editor of some two dozen poetry books, recordings, and anthologies. She has performed her original wordmusic with First Draft, SugarBeat, and Geode Music & Poetry across Canada and on shows such as Morningside, As It Happens, WordBeat, Richardson’s Roundup, and GO!.
An organizer of many reading series, events, workshops, and publishing and mentoring opportunities, McMaster has also founded three magazines, notably Branching Out. She has served as a volunteer and board member for Ottawa Independent Writers, the Writers’ Union of Canada, the League of Canadian Poets, Balmuir Press, Oscar, Arc and Quarry magazines, and the Tree and the AB reading series, and contributed to such publications as The Citizen and Maclean’s. McMaster regularly serves on literary juries at the local, regional, and national levels. She is a lifelong collaborator with musicians, dancers, and artists in a range of media, and is a member of TWUC, the LCP, Pen Canada, Access Copyright, Public Lending Rights, Socan, and the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia.