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Susan Musgrave

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The author and poet Susan Musgrave discusses life on Haida Gwaii, poetry, education, and the collection she’s edited, Force Field: 77 Women Poets of British Columbia (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2013), with Joseph Planta.

Force Field: 77 Women Poets of British Columbia edited by Susan Musgrave (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2013).

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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver at TheCommentary.ca.

Susan Musgrave joins me now. The noted poet, writer and teacher, among many other superlatives, recently edited a collection of poetry—Force Field: 77 Women Poets of British Columbia. It is the first anthology of the sort in well over 30 years. I’ll ask Ms. Musgrave about how this book came about, what the women in this book represent, the sort of poetry that can be found between this book’s covers, and perhaps what this book says about British Columbia. We’ll also reflect on the life and work of Susan Musgrave. Her most recent collection of poetry Origami Dove, published in 2011, was a Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry finalist, one of many awards she’s been shortlisted for, as well she’s received many others. Her last novel was Alone, which was published last year. She lives on Haida Gwaii, and teaches in the University of British Columbia’s optional-residency MFA program in Creative Writing. The website for more is at www.susanmusgrave.com. Force Field is published by Mother Tongue Publishing. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, in Masset, British Columbia, Susan Musgrave; Ms. Musgrave, good morning.