Literary Curriculum Vitae
- Poetry and Fiction Books
- Poetry Broadsheets
- Wordwrights Canada Books
- Opal Editions
- Canadian Anthologies
- International and U.S. Anthologies
- The Ontario Poetry Society Anthologies
- Magazine and Online Publications
- Individual Works of Poetry and Prose
- Musical Performances
- Writing Awards
- Public Appearances
- Live Readings
- Readings by Others
- Workshops and Talks
- Editorial Positions Held
- Critical Response
- University ofToronto Library
- Biographical Reference
PublicationsFor a fully linked catalogue of print, eBook, and PDF editions, click here
Poetry and Fiction Books
Spare Words (poetry chapbook). Brandon: Pierian Press, 1984.
Clarity Between Clouds (poetry). Fredericton: Goose Lane Editions, 1991.
Where the Light Waits (poetry). Victoria: Ekstasis Editions, 1996.
A Real Farm Girl (children's novel). Edmonton: Hodgepog Books, 1998. Wordwrights Canada eBook edition, 2010.
Coming Home (An Old Love Story) (poetry chapbook). Lantzville, B.C.: Leaf Press, 2004. Wordwrights Canada eBook edition, 2011.
Who Would Be a God? A Debate in Poetry (with Lenny Everson, poetry chapbook), Passion Among the Cacti Press (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada), 2004.
Looking Through Stone: Poems about the Earth (poetry). Sudbury: Your Scrivener Press, 2007. Wordwrights Canada eBook edition, 2010.
Looking for Light (poetry). Brighton, Ontario: Hidden Brook Press, 2016.
HMS Press Poetry Broadsheet ("Poem in February"), 1990.
People's Poetry Poster ("After Many Years"), 1996.
Wordwrights Canada Books
Motherpoems, 1985. Revised and expanded PDF edition, 2011.
Familiar Faces/Private Griefs, 1986. Revised and expanded PDF edition, 2011.
Ten Ways to Tighten Your Prose, Revised 1994. Revised, online format, 2004.
Read–Aloud Poems: For Students from Elementary through Senior High School, Second Revised Edition 2001. Revised and expanded PDF edition, 2011.
The Crafted Poem: A Step by Step Guide to Writing and Appreciation, Revised 1994.
Polly's Punctuation Primer, 1994. Revised, PDF edition, 2004.
Writing Reader–friendly Poems: Over 50 Rules of Thumb for Clearer Communication, 1989. Revised 1995.
The Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998.
A Magical Clockwork: The Art of Writing the Poem, 2000.
A Magical Clockwork: The Workshop Guide, Poetry Writing Exercises and Resources, 2000.
The Merla Poems, 2006. eBook edition, 2011.
Holding True: Essays on Being a Writer, 2008. eBook edition, 2010.
Nine to Ninety: Stories across the generations, 2009. eBook edition, 2010.
The Hidden Valley Mystery, eBook edition, 2010.
Writing Reader-Friendly Poems Plus Writing Exercises, 2017, revised and expanded eBook edition, 2020.
For the Love of Lazaros, 2019.
The Dance Between: Poems about Women, 2019, eBook edition, 2020.
Looking for Light, eBook edition, 2020.
Womansong. Calgary: Sandstone Publishing Ltd., 1981.
Flip Flops. Toronto: Nelson Canada, 1983.
Here Is a Poem. Toronto: The League of Canadian Poets, 1983.
The Third Taboo. Toronto: Wolsak and Wynn, 1983.
The Toronto Collection. Toronto: Manoeuvres Press, 1983.
Other Channels. Toronto: The League of Canadian Poets Associate Members, 1984.
Relations: Family Portraits. Oakville: Mosaic Press, 1986.
Souldust and Pearls. Dundas: Moonstone Press, 1986.
The Canlit Food Book. Toronto: Totem Books (Collins), 1987.
And Other Travels. Dundas: Moonstone Press, 1988.
Celebrating Canadian Women. Toronto: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1989.
Nova Scotia Poetry Awards Anthology. Halifax: BS Poetry Society, 1989.
Solstice 2. Calgary: Prairie Journal Press, 1989.
Kitchen Talk. Red Deer: Red Deer College Press, 1993.
Bite to Eat Place. Toronto: Redwood Coven Press, 1995.
An Invisible Accordion. Fredericton: Broken Jaw Press, 1995.
Not to Rest in Silence. Hamilton/Pittsburg: UnMon Northland, 1995.
Vintage '94. Toronto: The League of Canadian Poets, 1995.
Thru the Smoky End Boards. Vancouver: Polestar Press, 1996.
Strong Winds. Fredericton: Broken Jaw Press, 1997.
Waiting for You to Speak. Hamilton: Mekler & Deahl, Publishers, 1999.
Crossing Boundaries: An International Anthology of Women's Experiences in Sports. Windsor, Ontario/Champagne, Illinois: Human Kinetics, 1999.
Between Us: More Intergenerational Connections. Hamilton: McMaster University, 2000.
Convergence: Poems for Peace. Ottawa: set of individual poems presented by Susan McMaster to Members of Parliament and others, 2001.
A Tapestry in Six Textures. Guelph/Toronto: Canadian Poetry Association Signature Series/Hidden Brook Press, 2001.
A Time of Trial: Beyond the Terror of 9/11. Toronto: Hidden Brook Press, 2001.
Windfall. Toronto: Hidden Brook Press, 2002.
Waging Peace: Poetry and Political Action. Ottawa: Penumbra Press, 2002.
The Poet and the PC. Kitchener: Passion Among the Cacti Press, 2003.
Canadian Poems for Canadian Kids. Vancouver: Subway Books, 2005.
Gendered Intersections. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 2005.
String to Bow. Lantzville, B.C.: Leaf Press, 2005.
Inviting the Incubus, Kissing the Incubus: The Muse in Canadian Women's Poetry. Toronto: The League of Canadian Poets Feminist Caucus Living Archives Series, 2005.
Myth Weavers. Hamilton: Serengeti Press, 2007.
Street 6. Hamilton: Serengeti Press, 2007.
Inscribed, Volume 1. Whitby, Ontario: Inkko Publishing, 2007.
Garden Variety: An Anthology of Flower Poems. Toronto: Quattro Books, 2007.
[Word]: A Journal of Canadian Poetry. Spaniard's Bay, Newfoundland: Undertow Press, 2010.
The Longship Review No. 2. Toronto: The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, 2011.
The Wild Weathers: A Gathering of Love Poems. Lantzville, B.C.: Leaf Press, 2012.
Desperately Seeking Susans, Fernie, B.C.: Oolichan Books, 2012.
City Voices: A Book of Monologues by Toronto Artists, Toronto: Discord and Din Press, 2012.
Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing, Toronto: ChiZine, 2012.
The Inspired Heart 2, Createspace, 2013.
Fire and Sky, Brydge Builder Press, 2016.
Memory and Loss, Ink Bottle Press, 2016
International and U.S. Anthologies
Parthenon Poetry Anthology. Far Rockaway, NY: Parthenon Publishing Company, 1981.
Modern Lyrics Anthology. Far Rockaway, NY: Parthenon Publishing Company, 1982.
Songs from the North. Cambridge Springs, PA: Time of Singing, 1989.
How Higher Education Feels: Commentaries on Poems That Illuminate Emotions in Learning and Teaching, ed. Kathleen M. Quinlan. University of Oxford, UK: Oxford Learning Institute, 2016.
The Poet's Quest for God. London, UK: Eyewear Publishing, 2016.
Tamaracks: Canadian Poetry for the 21st Century. San Pedro, California: LUMMOX Press, 2018.
The Ontario Poetry Society Anthologies
Food for Thought, Judge's Choice Award, Beret Days Press, 2015.
Epic Proportions, Judge's Choice Award, Beret Days Press, 2016.
Memory and Loss, Ink Bottle Press, 2016.
The Literary Gourmet, Beret Days Press, 2017.
Transitory Tango, Beret Days Press, 2017.
Ultra Best Short Verse, Judge's Choice Award, Beret Days Press, 2019
The World Around Us, Honourable Mention, Beret Days Press, 2020.
Celebration of Poetry, Beret Days Press, 2021.
Magazine and Online Publications
Alberta Poetry Yearbook
Alexandra Writers' Centre Society Newsletter
The Annex Echo
Another Toronto Quarterly
The Amethyst Review
The Antigonish Review
Arc Poetry Magazine
Arts Scarborough Newsletter
BC Reading Assessment
Big Pond Rumours
blue skies poetry
Canadian Children's Annual
Canadian Woman Studies
Canadian Writer's Journal
Coiffure du Canada
Contemporary Verse 2
Cordite Poetry Review
Cross–Canada Writers' Quarterly/Magazine
The Danforth Review
Dream Catcher (U.K.)
The Ekphrastic Review
The Feathertale Review
The Globe and Mail
The Grist Mill
In the Tavern of Lost Souls
Lake: A Journal of Arts and Environment
The Lampeter Review (Wales)
Leaf Press Monday's Poem
The League of Canadian Poets Newsletter
Living with Teenagers
The Malahat Review
Media Club of Canada Newspacket
The Nashwaak Review
The New Quarterly
New Writer's News
On the Line
The Ottawa Catholic Worker
The Parent's Digest
People's Poetry Letter
Poetry Halifax Dartmouth
The Pottersfield Portfolio
Republic of Mining
Riffs & Ripples from ZenRiver Gardens
Room of One's Own
Secrets from the Orange Couch
sendecki.com art & literature
The Squatchberry Journal
Surface and Symbol
The Moving Force Journal
The Toronto Star
The UC Review
West Coast Review
White Wall Review
Women & Environments
Women's Education des femmes
[Word]: A Journal of Canadian Poetry
Musical Performances1. "Srebrenica Suite", as part of the text for Epitaph for a Missing Tombstone composed for five vocalists, cello, keyboard, drums, and trumpet by Gjermund Andreassen and performed in the herring oil tank, Melbu, Norway, July 13, 2005.
2. "Oracle Stones", as the text for Leslie Uyeda's composition for soprano (Heather Pawsey), flute (Kathryn Cernauskas), clarinet (AK Coope), and piano (Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa), Canada Council New Music in New Places, performed:
March 16, 2008 (premiere), Mined Over Matter concert, Mill of the restored Britannia Mine, Britannia Beach (Squamish) B.C. March 28, 2010, Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia May 15, 2011, Mill of the restored Britannia Mine, Britannia Beach (Squamish), B.C.
3. May 5, 2020, "Crossing" used as the text for one of the Two Songs for Mezzo-Soprano, Flute and Piano, by Leslie Uyeda. Performance dates to be announced.
Ontario Arts Council Writers' Reserve (poetry), 1993/1994.
Ontario Arts Council Writers' Reserve (children's writing), 1994/1995.
Ontario Arts Council Works in Progress (poetry), 2002/2003.
Norma Epstein Foundation Award for Poetry, University of Toronto, 1965.
Book Cellar Mother's Day Poem Competition, Winner, 1982.
Canadian Authors Association (Alberta) Competition, Third Prize, Sonnet Category, 1983.
Arts Scarborough City Poetry Contest, First and Grand Prize, 1987.
Media Club of Canada Memorial Award, 1990.
Okanagan Short Story Award, 1997.
Literary Network Short Fiction Contest, Second Prize, 1999/2000.
The Larry Turner Award for Nonfiction, Valley Writers' Guild, Second Prize, 2001.
The Spring Peepers Anthology Contest, The Ontario Poetry Society, First Prize, 2021.
CBC Writing Competition (poetry), 1986.
Sunday Star Short Story Contest, 1987.
The League of Canadian Poets National Poetry Contest, 1994.
CBC Writing Competition (nonfiction), 1995.
Other Voices Fiction Competition, 1995.
The People's Poem Contest, 1996.
Canadian Authors Association (Alberta) competitions, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1989.
Nova Scotia Poetry Awards, 1989.
Sandburg–Livesay Anthology Contest, 1999.
Big Pond Rumours Chapbook Contest, for Now and Then, 2017
Goodreads July Poetry Contest, 2017.
The World Around Us, Anthology Contest, 2020.
Food for Thought Poetry Competition, 2015.
Epic Proportions Poetry Competition, 2016.
Venues in Toronto, unless specified otherwise
1. Cedarbrae Library, Arts Scarborough (with Ted Plantos), February 4, 1981.
2. Axle Tree Coffee House, Minor Offences, June 20, 1981.
3. Axle Tree Coffee House, The Third Taboo, June 25, 1983.
4. Cedarbrae Library, Arts Scarborough (with Ted Plantos), September 28, 1983.
5. High Park, The League of Canadian Poets Associate Members Poetry Picnic, July 22, 1984.
6. Main Street Library, December 12, 1984.
7. Axle Tree Coffee House (with Gail Fox), February 23, 1985.
8. Edithvale Community Centre, Willowdale (with George Swede), February 2, 1986.
9. Cedarbrae Library, Arts Scarborough and Canada Council, March 26, 1986.
10. The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, Literary Table, May 14, 1991.
11. Victoria College, The League of Canadian Poets AGM New Members' Reading, May 24, 1991.
12. The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, The Poetry Lunch, July 9, 1991.
13. Bohemian Embassy, The League of Canadian Poets and Toronto Arts Council Writes of Spring Gala, March 26, 1992.
14. The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Literary Table, "Eating with Mr. Bender", April 28, 1992.
15. The Partisan Gallery, Toronto Arts Council (with A.J. Wainwright and Patricia Keeney), April 29, 1992.
16. The Idler Pub, Toronto Arts Council (with Zaffi Gousopoulos and Christopher Sweetman), October 10, 1993.
17. Harbourfront, Toronto, Harbourfront Reading Series (with Terry Griggs and Lesley Krueger), March 1, 1994.
18. The Art Bar, People's Poetry Reading (with James Deahl, Ted Plantos, et al), November 22, 1995.
19. Bellefair United Church, People's Poetry and Canadian Poetry Association Benefit, May 18, 1996.
20. The National Library of Canada, Ottawa, The League of Canadian Poets AGM Book Launch, May 25, 1996.
21. The Art Bar (with Carole Leckner), October 2, 1996.
22. The Rivoli, Toronto, group launch of Literary and Performance Scenes, October 7, 1996.
23. The Idler Pub (with Allan Briesmaster and Robert Boates), October 20, 1996.
24. Brookbanks Community Branch, North York Public Library, The League of Canadian Poets and Metro Cultural Affairs, April 17, 1997.
25. Chapters Bookstore, Ekstasis Editions (with Marvyne Jenoff), January 24, 1998.
26. North York Public Library, Canadian Authors Association Monthly Meeting, The League of Canadian Poets and Metro Cultural Affairs, March 19, 1998.
27. The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, Literary Table, March 31, 1998.
28. Free Times Café, Sharon Singer's Words in Concert (with Shayna Kravetz and Al Moritz), April 28, 1998.
29. Chapters Bookstore, Thornhill, Canadian Poetry Association Group Reading, June 7, 1998.
30. Café Za Che Zu, Toronto Arts Council, originally for September 18, 1998; rebooked to The Café Reading series, IV Lounge (with Ronna Bloom, Goran Simic, and Fraser Sutherland), January 29, 1999.
31. Hart House Library (with Mary Dalton), February 22, 1999.
32. University College Author's Book Fair (with Mary Byers, Camilla Gibbs, Alexander Leggatt, James Reaney), University College, University of Toronto, June 6, 1999.
33. The Art Bar Reading Series and Canada Council, Imperial Pub Library (with Rosemary Aubert and Ted Plantos), July 28, 1999.
34. Literary Press Group and Chapters Bookstore, Bayview Village (with Sandra Glaze and Diana Vazquez), August 18, 1999.
35. Reading in Public Places, The League of Canadian Poets and Toronto Arts Council, Deer Park Library, April 17, 2007.
36. Nicholas Hoare Bookstore, Looking Through Stone launch, May 29, 2007.
37. McNally Robinson Booksellers, Nine to Ninety launch, June 3, 2009.
38. Supermarket, Looking for Light launch, May 22, 2016.
39. Conspiracy of 3, North Bay, Ontario, on ZOOM, Looking for Light, July 14, 2020.
Readings by Others
1. "The Seed" (from Read–Aloud Poems) , Celebrating Poetry, Francis A. Gregory Branch, District of Columbia Public Library, Washington, D.C., USA, April 14, 2010.
2. Duet reading of "Mineralogy Lesson" (from Looking Through Stone: Poems about the Earth) by Raven Garland and Freddy Niagara Fonseca, Poetry of the Four Elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, in the Candlelight Reading Series, Fairfield Creates Foundation, Iowa, USA, May 22, 2010.
1. "Poetry: Ted Plantos and Susan Ioannou", 30–minute interview and reading, Scarborough Cable Television, April 28, 1981.
2. "Resources for Writers, with Susan Ioannou", 30–minute interview and reading, Scarborough Cable Television, May 21, 1985.
3. "Writing on the Wall", poems by Susan Ioannou, Women's Television Network, repeated from Fall 1995 through Spring 1996.
1. Poems read by Sheila Martindale on Of Cabbages and Kings, 6X FM London, June 1985.
2. Selections from Motherpoems read with commentary by Sheila Martindale, 15–minute segment on Of Cabbages and Kings, 6XFM London, July 1985.
3. The Poetry Tutorial: interview on Q101 FM Ottawa, February 22, 1988.
4. The Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar: interview, Points North, CBC Radio 99.9 FM, December 21, 1995.
5. Where the Light Waits: interview by Susan Helwig, In Other Words, CKLN 88.1 FM, October 1, 1996.
6. A Magical Clockwork: The Art of Writing the Poem: interview by Nancy Bullis, HOWL, CIUT 89.5 FM, November 25, 2001.
7. Looking Through Stone: Poems about the Earth: interview by Dan Lessard, Points North / Chapter and Verse, CBC Radio One Sudbury, 99.9 FM, May 1, 2007.
8. Looking Through Stone: Poems about the Earth: reading and commentary on how the book came about, AuthorsAloud.com, July 2007.
9. Jonathan Dean reading "Writers' Horror Stories" and Marlene Dean reading "Frog's Progress: A Fable" from Holding True: Essays on Being a Writer, National Broadcast Reading Service, Stone Soup Anthology, January 17, 2009.
10. Marlene Dean reading "A Ruffle Between Friends" from Nine to Ninety: Stories across the generations, National Broadcast Reading Service, Stone Soup Anthology, April 4, 2009.
Workshops and Talks
1. Poets' Workshop (Castle Frank/Rosedale Heights), Continuing Education, Toronto Board, Instructor, 1982–1994.
2. Etobicoke Writers' Group, Guest Speaker, October 8, 1987.
3. Media Club of Canada, Guest Speaker, June 10, 1988.
4. Brampton Writers' Group, Guest Speaker, September 8, 1988.
5. Creating Professionals Summer Writing Workshop, University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies (SCS), Poetry Instructor, July 23–29, 1989.
6. "Beyond Inspiration: Writing Better Poems", SCS, Poetry Instructor, Fall, 1989.
7. "Time to Write–Poetry", SCS, Instructor, Fall, 1990.
8. "What Magazine Want: Fiction and Poetry", Ryerson Literary Society, Guest Speaker, October 10, 1990.
9. "Poetry for the Unconverted", The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Literary Table, Guest Speaker, March 29, 1994.
10. "H.D.: Fact and Fabrication", The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Literary Table, Guest Speaker, June 13, 1995.
11. "Prime Your Poems for Publication", Ryerson Literary Society, Instructor, October 14–November 4, 1993. Repeated October 9 – October 30, 1996.
12. "The Hidden Writer's Market", The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Writers' Group, Guest Speaker, November 3, 1995.
13. "Editing Poetry", Trade Books: Fiction and Poetry, Publishing Program, Ryerson University, Guest Instructor, July 12, 1995. Repeated July 10, 1996.
14. "Where Do Poems Come From?" The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Literary Table, Guest Speaker, October 22, 1996.
15. A Real Farm Girl, Author Visit, Eglinton Square Library, Toronto, April 16, 1999.
16. Sir John A. MacDonald Collegiate, Toronto, Poets in the Schools Visit, March 6, 2000.
17. "A Room of Her Own: Space for Creating", The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Literary Table, Guest Speaker, November 13, 2001 (subsequently published in The Danforth Review, December 2001).
18. "From May to December", The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Literary Table, Guest Speaker, November 18, 2003.
19. "Landscape / Inscape", The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Writers' Table, Guest Speaker, October 3, 2008.
20. Guest Author, University of Toronto Writers' Co–operative, October 23, 2009.
Editorial Positions Held
1. Managing Editor, Coiffure du Canada, 1979–1980.
2. Poetry Editor, Arts Scarborough Newsletter, 1980–1985.
3. Associate Editor and Columnist, Cross–Canada Writers' Quarterly/Magazine, 1980–1989.
4. Co–editor, Canadian Poetry Association newsletter Poemata, 1988–1989.
5. Literary Editor, Wordwrights Canada, 1985 to 2017.
6. Executive Editor, ClearTEXT Rewriting and Editing, 1995 to the present.
7. Judge, Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence, Editors' Association of Canada, March/April 1999.
The League of Canadian Poets
The Writers' Union of Canada
Critical Response Profiles and Interviews
1. "Getting to Know Susan Ioannou", Arts Scarborough Newsletter, November 1981.
2. "Reader Friendly", profile by Gordon E. Symons, Canadian Author, Fall, 1992.
3. "A Patchwork Quilt of Imagination: What Poetry Means to Me", profile, Canadian Author, Fall, 1995.
4. "Where My Poems Come From", speech, Literary Table, The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, October 22, 1996.
5. "Interview with Susan Ioannou", by Rand Bellavia, Inklings, Issue 3.2, January 1997.
6. Susan Ioannou: one–hour taped interview by Fergus Cronin, Archives, The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, April 7, 1998.
7. "People of the Club: Susan Ioannou", by Fergus Cronin, Lampsletter, Vol. 57, No. 8, May 1998.
8. "Interview: Susan Ioannou", by Tais Lintz, Poetry Moments (CPA Burlington Newsletter), Issue 2, March 2002.
9. Interview with Susan Ioannou by Dan Lessard, Points North: Chapter and Verse, CBC Radio One Sudbury, 99.9 FM, May 1, 2007.
10. "Poems about the Earth: Award-winning poet explores the magic and mystery of rocks", by Andrew Linder, Sudbury Mining Solutions Journal, June 1, 2007.
11. "Interview with Susan Ioannou", whohub, 2008.
12. Canadian Literature, CanLit Poets, 2009.
13. "Susan, a Lesson in Awesomeness (Part 3)", Open Book Toronto, April 15, 2012.
1. Spare Words, reviewed by Rosemary Aubert, Poetry Canada Review, Vol. 6, No. 4, Summer 1985.
2. Motherpoems, reviewed by Louise Longo, Books in Canada, October 1985.
3. Motherpoems, reviewed in The Compleat Mother, October 1985.
4.The Crafted Poem: A Step by Step Guide to Writing and Appreciation, reviewed by David A. Kent in Canadian Book Review Annual, 1985.
5. The Crafted Poem, reviewed by Dorothy Cameron Smith in MCC Newspacket, No. 1, March 1986.
6. Motherpoems, reviewed by Dorothy Cameron Smith, MCC Newspacket, No. 2, May 1986.
7. The Crafted Poem, reviewed by Sheila Martindale, Canadian Author & Bookman, Spring 1986.
8. The Crafted Poem, reviewed by Joanne Peters, Canadian Materials for Schools and Libraries, Vol. XIV, No. 2, March 1986.
9. Motherpoems, reviewed by Sparling Mills, Poetry Canada Review, Vol. 7, No. 4, Summer 1986.
10. Familiar Faces/Private Griefs, reviewed by Lynne Kositsky, in Canadian Book Review Annual, 1986.
11. Familiar Faces/Private Griefs, reviewed by Barbara J. Graham, Canadian Materials for Schools and Libraries, Vol. XIV, No. 4, July 1986.
12. The Crafted Poem, reviewed by Gerald Noonan, Canadian Children's Literature, No. 45, 1987.
13. Writing Reader–friendly Poems, reviewed by Louise Reimer, Canadian Materials for Schools and Libraries, November, 1989.
14. Writing Reader–friendly Poems, recommended for senior years in Manitoba schools, In Search of Canadian Materials, 1989.
15. The Crafted Poem, recommended for Manitoba schools, In Search of Canadian Materials, 1989.
16. Clarity Between Clouds, reviewed by George Elliott Clarke, Books in Canada, March 1992.
17. Clarity Between Clouds, reviewed by Carol Holland, Vox Magazine, March 1992.
18. Clarity Between Clouds, reviewed by Tara Kainer, Quarry, Vol. 41, No. 4, Fall 1992.
19. Clarity Between Clouds, reviewed by Jon Kertzer, Canadian Literature, No. 136, Spring 1993.
20. Clarity Between Clouds, reviewed by Anne Burke, Literature and Language, 1993.
21. Read–aloud Poems, reviewed by Maryleah Otto, CM: Canadian Materials, September 1993.
22. Clarity Between Clouds, reviewed by Sheila Hyland, Poemata, Vol. 10, No. 5, 1994.
23. The Crafted Poem (Revised Edition), reviewed by Gail Lennon, CM: Canadian Materials, September 1994.
24. Clarity Between Clouds, reviewed by Mark Cochrane, Essays on Canadian Writing, Vol. 55, Spring 1995.
25. Where the Light Waits, reviewed by Chris Knight, in Canadian Book Review Annual, 1996.
26. Where the Light Waits, reviewed by Ted Plantos, People's Poetry Letter, Vol. 3, No. 2, Fall/Winter 1996.
27. Where the Light Waits, reviewed by Tanis MacDonald, Literary and Performance Scenes, Winter 1996.
28. Where the Light Waits, reviewed by Sheila Hyland, Poemata Vol. 13, No. 123, April/May 1997.
29. Where the Light Waits, reviewed by Nicole Hesse, University College Alumni Magazine, Fall 1997.
30. The Crafted Poem and Writing Reader–friendly Poems, reviewed by Liam C. Rodrigues, CM Magazine, Vol. II, No. 1, October 20, 1995.
31. A Real Farm Girl, reviewed by Deborah Dawson in Canadian Book Review Annual, 1998.
32. A Real Farm Girl, reviewed by Beverley Brenna, The Saskatoon Star Phoenix, January 23, 1999.
33. A Real Farm Girl, reviewed by Karen Shewbridge, The St. John's Telegram, February 7, 1999.
34. The Crafted Poem and Writing Reader–friendly Poems, reviewed by Anthony Chalk, Poemata, Vol. 15, No. 1, January–February 1999.
35. The Crafted Poem and Writing Reader–friendly Poems, reviewed by Jim Morrison, Poetry and Prose, March 9, 1999.
36. The Crafted Poem and Writing Reader–friendly Poems, reviewed by Anthony Chalk, The Canadian Writer's Journal, Vol. 16, No. 1, Spring 1999.
37. A Real Farm Girl, reviewed in Midwest Book Review, March 1999.
38. A Magical Clockwork: The Art of Writing the Poem, reviewed by W.J. Keith, in Canadian Book Review Annual, 2000.
39. A Magical Clockwork: The Art of Writing the Poem, reviewed by Desi Di Nardo, Literary Review of Canada, November 2000.
40. A Magical Clockwork: The Art of Writing the Poem, reviewed by Leila S. Goldberger, Writer's Block, Winter 2000.
41. A Magical Clockwork: The Art of Writing the Poem, reviewed by Richard Stevenson, The Danforth Review, January 2001.
42. A Magical Clockwork: The Art of Writing the Poem, reviewed by Jannie Edwards, Poetry Spoken Here, January 2001.
43. A Magical Clockwork: The Art of Writing the Poem, reviewed by Rob Thomas, WORD, February 2001.
44. A Magical Clockwork: The Art of Writing the Poem, reviewed by Charlie Rossiter, "Charlie Says", PoetryPoetry.com, February 2001.
45. A Magical Clockwork: The Art of Writing the Poem, reviewed by Terry Vatrt, CM: Canadian Review of Materials, Vol. VII, No. 12, February 2001.
46. A Magical Clockwork: The Art of Writing the Poem, reviewed by Margaret Mackey, Resource Links, Vol. 6, No. 3, February 2001.
47. "Canadian Poets, Learn Your Trade", review of A Magical Clockwork: The Art of Writing the Poem by Carmine Starnino, Canadian Notes and Queries, No. 59, Spring and Summer 2001.
48. A Magical Clockwork: The Art of Writing the Poem, reviewed by Jeffrey Mackie, Vallum Magazine, Spring 2002.
49. A Magical Clockwork: The Art of Writing the Poem, reviewed by Rachelle K. Lerner, lichen, Vol. 4, No. 1, Spring 2002.
50. A Magical Clockwork: The Art of Writing the Poem, reviewed by Heather Crawford, BCTELA Update, Vol. 44, No. 3, 2002.
51. "New Book: Looking Through Stone", PDAC Mining Matters News, Issue 9, April 2007.
52. Looking Through Stone: Poems about the Earth, reviewed by Peter McBride, Ontario Mining Association Newsletter, May 30, 2007.
53. Looking Through Stone: Poems about the Earth, reviewed by Norm Tollinksy, Sudbury Mining Solutions Journal, June 2007.
54. Looking Through Stone: Poems about the Earth, reviewed by Jane Werniuk, Canadian Mining Journal, June 2007.
55. Kloster, Lapidomanen (Denmark), Vol,. 33, No. 3, July 2007.
56. Looking Through Stone: Poems about the Earth, reviewed by Gail Lennon, Resource Links, Vol. 13, No. 4, April 2008.
57. Looking Through Stone: Poems about the Earth, reviewed by John Cunningham, Prairie Fire Review of Books, October 2008.
58. Looking Through Stone: Poems about the Earth, New Books, Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol. 42, No. 3, Fall 2008, pp. 234–235.
59. Looking Through Stone: Poems about the Earth, reviewed by Adge Covell, MinersAdvice, January 2008.
60. Holding True: Essays on Being a Writer, reviewed by Bernard Kelly, paperplates, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2009.
61. Looking Through Stone: Poems about the Earth, reviewed by George Elliott Clarke, The Chronicle Herald, June 14, 2009.
62. Looking Through Stone: Poems about the Earth, reviewed by Conrad DiDiodato, Word–Dreamer:poetics, July 24, 2009.
63. Looking Through Stone: Poems about the Earth, reviewed by Alwynne B. Beaudoin, GEOLOG, The Newsmagazine of the Geological Association of Canada, Vol. 38, No. 3, Fall 2009.
64. " 'A Humble Translation of Eons into Words': Susan Ioannou's Penetration of Earth's Layers in Looking Through Stone: Poems about the Earth", essay review by Monika Lee, Vallum Magazine, Issue 7:1, Fall/Winter 2010.
65. Looking Through Stone: Poems about the Earth, review by George Elliot Clarke, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, 2008.
66. Nine to Ninety: Stories across the generations, reviewed by Paula, Canadian Book Clubs, Book Reviews Forum, May 2010.
67. Nine to Ninety: Stories across the generations, reviewed by J. Lynn Fraser, CM, Vol. XVII, No. 13, November 26, 2010.
68. Nine to Ninety: Stories across the generations, reviewed by Mary Barnes, Prairie Fire Review of Books, Vol.10, No. 3, 2010.
69. Looking for Light, reviewed by Anne Burke, News from the Feminist Caucus, The League of Canadian Poets, August 31, 2016.
70. Looking for Light, reviewed by Brenda Keble, paperplates, Vol. 8, No. 4, 2016.
71. Looking for Light, reviewed by John B. Lee, Verse Afire, January to April, 2017.
72. Looking for Light, reviewed on Sharon Berg Review Site, January 9, 2017.
73. Looking for Light, reviewed by James Gifford, Prairie Fire, November 19, 2018.
74. For the Love of Lazaros, reviewed by Ronnie R. Brown, Verse Afire, January 2020.
75. The Dance Between: Poems About Women, reviewed by Kate Marshall Flaherty, Verse Afire, January 2021.
What Critics Say
"Ioannou's work, at its best, has a street–wise toughness, coupled with an eye for detail that is effective . . . The strength of [Motherpoems] lies in the range of emotional responses to motherhood that Ioannou captures. She's covering new territory and saying something that needs to be said." – Louise Longo, Books In Canada
“It [Motherpoems] is a little blue book of 52 pages, but large in the tenderness and emotions of motherhood. The poetry comes alive, as a living, breathing, steady heartbeat, and right away the reader enjoys its realism and wisdom.” – Dorothy Cameron Smith, Media Club of Canada Newspacket
[Motherpoems] "Poetry that aches with beauty. Poetry that flashes photographs inside your brain. Poetry women can feel and breathe." – Book Looks, The Compleat Mother
"There's a generosity of spirit here [Spare Words]–a measured, but still joyful approach to life that's as pleasing for its maturity as for its freshness . . . this poet [is] one who's studied life and can present it honestly and warmly." – Rosemary Aubert, Poetry Canada Review
"While [The Crafted Poem] is undeniably helpful to the audience for which it is intended (aspiring young poets), its level is basic; it is a primer of good advice and sensible observations, a poet speaking to would–be poets." – David Kent, Canadian Book Review Annual
"[In Familiar Faces/Private Griefs, the section] "Private Griefs" is generated by strong emotion and an often bitter sense of loss, and is by far the more compelling section. In particular, Ioannou's poems about her father are excellent poetic achievements, and strike a chord of recognition in the reader." – Lynne Kositsky, Canadian Book Review Annual
". . . sensitive and poignant lyrics [Familiar Faces/Private Griefs]. She deals with the loneliness that comes from the loss of loved ones . . . in a way that confirms the commonality of our concerns and emotions. . . . Poem after poem exhibits the spiritual and sensory power that accompanies the image, the metaphor, the precise word." – Barbara J. Graham, CM: Canadian Materials
[Writing Reader–Friendly Poems] "Even experienced writers will benefit from Ioannou's concrete suggestions, but her conversational style and good use of illustrative examples make this a work particularly well suited to the novice poet.... Aspiring poets will find this compendium of advice a useful aid to personal blue–pencilling. Public and school libraries with heavily used creative writing collections may want to consider this volume for purchase." – Louise Reimer, CM: Canadian Materials for Schools and Libraries
[Writing Reader–Friendly Poems] "She gets right to the point, telling the author exactly what to do. Using examples sparingly, but effectively, this is the kind of book that a writer would actually use because it is so concise. However, this is not a book for a beginning poet.... It would be very suitable, though, for a reminder guide to someone already familiar with much of the information, or for a teacher using this as a guide with students.... recommended for senior years in Manitoba schools." – In Search of Canadian Materials
"[In Clarity Between Clouds] Ioannou sings the praises of human nature and its strong ability to learn through hardships . . . an experienced poet who possesses a gift for expressing emotions that surface in the most unexpected situations. The most ordinary details of life, such as balance sheets and kitchen decor, become inquiries into human thought and reflections of very real, accessible feelings . . . a thoroughly enjoyable, highly recommended light read." – Carol Holland, Vox Magazine
"Commendably, [in Clarity Between Clouds] Ioannou subverts the speaker's implicit faith in lost determinacy to the extent that she emphasizes the delusory nature of orders and origins. . . . Ioannou's work blossoms in the present tense, capturing the transmutative effects of light and the progress of seasons, gardens, and 'indigo' skies." – Mark Cochrane, Essays on Canadian Writing
Susan Ioannou's Clarity Between Clouds celebrates the powers of light and sight. . . . In each case the moment inspires a luminous apprehension associated with love, grace, ease, or certainty. At their best, the verses seem effortlessly melodic. . . . I am especially impressed by the assurance of these poems, which observe but do not strain or moralize. Is this the attitude of midlife, as the book's subtitle suggests?" – Jon Kertzer, Canadian Literature
[Where the Light Waits] "In a time when young poets are rushing into print, mad to publish books and madder for celebrity, it is refreshing to read a poet who quietly has taken the time to learn her craft and allow it to mesh with experience. . . . Those who are familiar with seeing Ioannou's poetry in the periodicals and anthologies over the past two decades might be surprised to learn that this is only her fourth book. Her work has appeared in most of the major literaries in this time. Small wonder, then, that only a few years after publishing Clarity Between Clouds, she can follow with another superb collection. What we are seeing is the quiet unfolding of a substantial and excellent body of work by someone who belongs in the company of our most skilful poets." – Ted Plantos, People's Poetry Letter
[Where the Light Waits] "Much like the short stories of Alice Munro in which the ordinary is made extraordinary, Susan Ioannou's poetry elevates simple nature and everyday experience into the realm of the wondrous and sublime. Commonplace sights and events trigger inquiries into the spiritual, and tiny miracles are everywhere, waiting to be discovered. . . . In her poems there is no separation between inner and outer landscapes, only a dynamic interaction, an intertwining. By immersing ourselves in the nature that surrounds us, we plumb our own inner depths, journeying further into ourselves. . . . Through elegant imagery, Ioannou paints a world in which each small thing, each moment is whole and beautiful, to be cherished for its simplicity, yet exists also as a miracle of complexity, a piece of a larger intricate puzzle. The ability to express this paradox is the hallmark of Ioannou's immense talent." – Nicole Hesse, University College Alumni Magazine.
[Where the Light Waits] "These wide–ranging poems, which take for inspiration storms and gardens as well as pulsars and galaxies, mostly begin or end with people growing older or observing youth, blending the rhythms of nature's cycles with those of the human body and of human life. . . . They are thought–provoking to be sure." – Chris Knight, Canadian Book Review Annual
"A Real Farm Girl is a glorious reading experience for a young girl or boy. Its action occurs on an old–fashioned farm complete with chamber pots under the bed, chickens laying eggs for young girls to gather, weasels to prey on the chickens, barn cats, pigs, cows to milk, and even a bull. Young Mary's dad is away at war so she spends time on her grandmother's farm where she learns farm ways so she can prove she belongs." – Karen Shewbridge, St. John's Telegram
"[A Real Farm Girl] The author gives a realistic description of family farm life as it was 50 years ago." – Deborah Dawson, Canadian Book Review Annual
"[A Magical Clockwork] "There are numerous handbooks advising beginners on how to write poems. This one is different in that nearly all the examples are drawn from contemporary Canadian poets. . . . I am sympathetic to Ioannou's intentions, applaud her enthusiasm, and am grateful for her generous comments on one of my own poems. My unease, I suppose, stems from my doubt whether such books ever succeed. Ultimately, every poet must find his or her poetic voice; it is a lonely endeavour and takes years to achieve. Still, poetry–writing beginners, if they read with a cool detachment, will find some interesting suggestions here" – W.J. Keith, Canadian Book Review Annual
"[A Magical Clockwork] is highly detailed and well researched, and potentially an invaluable guide for students and readers of poetry, especially those trying to lessen the number of brow–creasing rereadings it sometimes takes to understand a poem." – Desi Di Nardo Online
"A Magical Clockwork succeeds at examining the fundamental elements of a poem, making it an ideal read for anyone who is just beginning to delve into the world of poetry. I would also recommend it to established writers as a valuable reminder that there are still many lessons to be learned from reading other people's work." – Leila S. Goldberger, Writer's Block
[A Magical Clockwork: The Art of Writing the Poem] "What better way to get the student writing than to focus on perception and language construction; to have the writer revel in the plasticity of sound and image while pushing the connotative and denotative meanings of words? This is a good book by a good poet and perfectly priced for the financially strapped student. It is written in a fresh, colloquial but precise prose style that demonstrates the verities and virtues of which it speaks. The clockwork pinwheels of metaphor glisten and spin throughout." – Richard Stevenson, The Danforth Review.
[A Magical Clockwork: The Art of Writing the Poem] ". . . it's the classy educational tour that encourages readers not to be page turners, but to go deep. . . . Here's a guarantee: you'll come away impressed from this tour. Read Ioannou's book and recommend it to all your friends, those who feel awkward and excluded by poetry and those who love and care about what makes a good poem." – Jannie Edwards, Poetry Spoken Here.
[A Magical Clockwork: The Art of Writing the Poem] "She is a wonderful instructor: her tone is familiar rather than academic, her analysis is fluid and clear, and examples are brief and apt. And these are just a few of the book's virtues. Ioannou also draws almost exclusively upon Canadian examples. . . . Perhaps most importantly, Ioannou lives up to her own principle–inherited from the Imagist tradition–that 'Precise, concrete language is the foundation of vivid writing . . .' A Magical Clockwork includes one of the clearest explanations of rhythm and poetic metre that I have ever come across." – Rob Thomas, WORD
"I highly recommend this book. A Magical Clockwork is a clear analysis of the structure of a poem. Ioannou illustrates her arguments with excellent examples. Most of the excerpts are by Canadian poets and would be very useful for classroom study. I also appreciated the brief historical context she provided to illustrate her points. Especially interesting was her discussion of contemporary Canadian poetry: how it evolved and speculations about future forms. Every teacher of English/Language Arts in Canada should have easy access to A Magical Clockwork." – Terry Vatrt, CM: Canadian Review of Materials.
[A Magical Clockwork: The Art of Writing the Poem] "presents a workable framework that not only respects the craft of poetry–writing but also illuminates what makes people so passionate about it. . . . The high quotient of contemporary reference all by itself would make the book of real value in high school English classrooms. As well as analysis of how these poems achieve particular effects, [Ioannou] offers herself as a generous and informed model of how to be a reader of contemporary poetry and why it matters." – Margaret Mackey, Resource Links.
"She believes in the craft and in the importance of poetry itself in the world. This book is designed to help the reader appreciate and perfect the craft of poetry. It must be made clear that this is a technical book and not a self–helpy you too can be a poet–type treatise." – Jeffrey Mackie, Vallum Magazine
"In A Magical Clockwork, Susan Ioannou clearly demonstrates a zealous sense of poetic mission, a love of poetry, and a healthy respect for the challenges and rigours of writing poems. Her opening pages show an eagerness to get to her preferred subject, the actual work of writing poetry, combined with impassioned but impressionistic interpretations of her favourite poems." – Rachelle K. Lerner, lichen
[Looking Through Stone: Poems about the Earth] "Ms. Ioannou deserves full marks for doing her homework and ensuring that her poems are technically accurate. Where else can you find poems containing words, which are close to the hearts of mining people, such as 'magnetometer', 'feldspar', 'GPS–gizmos', 'Precambrian', 'octahedral', 'reclaiming' and 'kimberlite.' . . . While the outmoded stereotype of a miner may be the antithesis of poetry in some people's minds, perhaps it is time to update the image of the miner as more of a Renaissance Man, or Woman, who has a sensitive and contemplative artistic side. The mining sector should embrace this collection of poetry, which shows the industry from a different and enlightening perspective, as its own."– Peter McBride, Ontario Mining Association Newsletter
"Looking Through Stone: Poems about the Earth casts a rare but welcome spotlight on the usually ignored inanimate world around us. We were intrigued and not a little overwhelmed by this unexpected celebration of our métier. As reviewer Andrew Linder astutely points out on Page 18, 'There can never be too many tools for hard–rock mining. Why not poetry?' . . . Susan Ioannou's passion for rocks is refreshing. Let's hope it's also contagious." – Norm Tollinksy, Sudbury Mining Solutions Journal
"It is remarkable that the poet, Susan Ioannou, can find enough separate subjects and maintain enough interest to produce the scores of works that appear in this short book [Looking Through Stone], but that just shows how unimaginative we can become about what is clearly shown to be a rich and evocative field." – Jane Werniuk, Canadian Mining Journal
[Looking Through Stone] "tells of geology's natural history factually and poetically. It surprises like the best dessert and I could not put it down, before the last page had turned. Everybody with the least knowledge of English and geology will read the book with ravenous appetite." – translation from the Danish of Hans Kloster, Lapidomanen
"At first glance one could be forgiven for thinking that Looking Through Stone was some sort of New Age anthology of poetry about rocks and crystals, but Susan Ioannou has accomplished much more than simply combining mysticism, geology, mineralogy and poetry. She has managed to take all of those things and blend them with scientific facts which go beyond mere amateur observations, with history and myths which are surprising and enlightening, and with passion and beauty, which draws the reader eagerly onward for the next poem." – Adge Covell, MinersAdvice
"Looking Through Stone: Poems about the Earth would make an interesting resource for the intermediate science and language arts teacher. The poetic style is solid and the topics interesting and unusual." – Gail Lennon, Resource Links
"Looking Through Stone is an interesting attempt to take the imagery of verse and narrative to new dimensions and to thereby enter the parallel universe of art. It does meet Ioannou's three criteria. The images are readily accessible, falling 'easily and elegantly within the line.' With the final section, it almost . . . achieves a 'seamless whole.' – John Cunningham, Prairie Fire Review of Books
"Looking Through Stone . . . uses geology as the basis for reflections on self, soul, and society . . . each mineral and metal is a 'philosopher's stone,' a touchstone, permitting and supporting the poet's speculation." – George Elliott Clarke, The Chronicle Herald.
"There is in poet Susan Ioannou's Looking Through Stone an interesting development of the idea of the poem as 'stone' that makes it a 'both solid and beautiful' undertaking. But it's more than simply a collection of poetry, or a typology of stone poems (as the book is divided about equally between the geological and mythical–folklorish): she offers the reader an even interestingly wider window on ecology in general." – Conrad DiDiodato, Word–Dreamer:poetics.
"Ioannou's poems [Looking Through Stone] are straightforward, mostly narrative and primarily descriptive. They are readily accessible and written in simple language. Beyond geological terms, they contain no arcane words, contorted structures, convoluted metaphors or complex imagery, nor do they contain jingling rhymes. Like the rocks they describe, these poems are direct and uncompromising. The world of bioscience has long had its poets; anthologies abound with fine word–paintings of animals and plants. The world of geoscience is much overdue for a similar treatment and spotlight. In this collection, Susan Ioannou has made a valuable contribution to this enterprise. And, along the way, she amply succeeds in showing us different ways to look through stone." – Alwynne B. Beaudoin, GEOLOG, The Newsmagazine of the Geological Association of Canada.
[Looking Through Stone] "Ioannou's perspective on the larger human contexts of minerals is sweeping, convincing. She ranges through ancient history, folklore, mythology, medicine, spirituality, technology, finance, and environmentalism, and she leaves no stone unturned. . . . Ioannou's best poems crystallize imagery and meaning into finely cut and glimmering stones. What holds the book together, therefore, is not its multiple and occasionally contradictory perspectives on the purposes of minerals, but rather the poet's unswerving fidelity to earth and its language. As she listens and writes, we miraculously hear the stones speak, and 'their syllables bristle and throb / more than full of themselves.' " – Monika Lee, Vallum Magazine.
"Writer, editor, and teacher Susan Ioannou shares the wisdom of her experience in this collection of essays [Holding True: Essays on Being a Writer] that are–variously–cautionary, encouraging, satirical, and pragmatic . . . reflections on the submissions she received while fiction editor at Cross–Canada Writers' Quarterly are amusing as well as admonitory (and, unfortunately, do not seem to have dated one bit)." – Bernard Kelly, paperplates.
"Several of the stories by Ioannou were slightly reminiscent of the writing style of Lucy Maud Montgomery, while other stories reminded me of the British author Barbara Pym. Nine to Ninety: Stories across the generations has something for everyone. A very entertaining and delightful book with stories that will touch your heart." – Paula, Canadian Book Clubs, Book Reviews Forum
"It is a difficult task to write stories that appeal to several generations. When writing this type of book, the author must find a common perspective to engage her readers. In the example of Nine to Ninety, author Ioannou imparts gentle lessons in humanity in her stories, relating them with clear prose and humour. Social perceptions and misperceptions are a theme in the book. . . . It also draws our attention to the assumptions individuals make about themselves and each other—an important learning opportunity for young adults." – J. Lynn Fraser, CM, Vol. XVII, No. 13, November 26, 2010.
"The women portrayed in [Nine to Ninety: Stories across the generations] come from different generations but the author depicts each with sensitivity; her characters are captivating, from the inquisitive Lucy to the grumpy Elaine. We come to realize that women are not only mothers, sisters, daughters, and grandmothers, and Ioannou's portrayal of their complexity pushes home the truth that women are distinct. Her rendering is both tender and tough. These are women with whom we want to sit down and share a cup of tea. And the tea is just fine, Susan Ioannou. Just fine." – Mary Barnes, Prairie Fire Review of Books, Vol.10, No. 3, 2010.
[Looking for Light] "The fruitful exercise of a poet who writes about the impossibility of creation" – Anne Burke, News from the Feminist Caucus (The League of Canadian Poets), August 31, 2016.
[Looking for Light] "Recent and recommended...A fine (capstone) collection" – Brenda Keble, paperplates, Vol. 8, No. 4, 2016.
[Looking for Light] "In this engaging third period work, poet and career editor Susan Ioannou relentlessly questions the adequacy of words to capture the gleanings of her keen-eyed, open-eared travels through space and time—even words that hang themselves upon the catch-nail of love."
– Ron Charach, author of cabana the big and Prosopagnosia
"People’s Poet Chris Faiers writes in praise of Susan Ioannou in his introduction to her book of poems Looking for Light, calling her one of Canada’s “best and wisest poets”. I have no quarrel with that description and there is much evidence within the covers of this particular volume to demonstrate what Faiers cites as “true poetry … beauty, knowledge, and song.... "Reading this book involves being invited on something of a journey, a quest for meaning. In the opening section of the book we travel to distant places, sometimes in the company of great poets like Shelley, revivified in landscape and architecture. In Beyond Knowing, section two of this collection, we are invited to question the meaning of existence, what Ioannou refers to as “—my uneasy wonder?” In Passing Seventy, part three, we look into the aging self and wonder “… is it / our own dreaming / undreaming we exist?” And the grail at the end of this romance might be language itself, as she writes in her coda, “...I have chosen words to be my light / and darkness too”. This journey is well worth taking. We pose these questions in service of deep need. And although we may not receive an answer, still we go looking for the light. And along the way we shine the light of language and see further into the darkness than might otherwise not be possible." – John B. Lee, Verse Afire, January to April, 2017.
"Susan Ioannou is a highly-skilled crafter of words. Looking for Light does not betray her deft sense of language or fail to offer astute observations of subjects that are both familiar and frightening. In some sections she is focused on grieving, in others she articulates her understanding of basic physics in a way that will leave some of us shaking with reluctance to ever try topping her explanations. She has a grasp of the element of time that stretches beyond her own stand on this earth and her poetry manages both to enlighten and delight us....Ioannou has a unique but unassuming way of phrasing images...Her images are clear and sharp, drawing the reader so close they can imagine her breath as she reads the words aloud." – Sharon Berg Review Site, January 9, 2017.
"Susan Ioannou’s Looking for Light charms and delights. It also feels like a final statement, as if it’s a summing up and a glancing back across the creative process." – James Gifford, Prairie Fire, November 19, 2018.
In For the Love of Lazaros,"Ioannou offers up to the reader a very special and enigmatic work 'in memory', as the back cover notes, 'of more than 50 years together.....' Particularly powerful are the haikus which allow the reader to stop and consider a brief moment in time (as haikus should.) These short pieces remind the reader of the tiny moments in life we all remember, just as we remember small moments in a relationship. Pieces such as 'Silence, morning mist. / Beside the hedge a black cat. / Fallen leaf quivers.' allow the reader to pause and focus, just as this collection focuses on a memorable life lived together..... A moving collection which ends with poems of 'Loss', 'Grieving' and the heart-achingly beautiful poem, 'Afterwards', which leaves the reader with '...promises strewn on the wind.' – Ronnie R. Brown, Verse Afire, January 2020.
"The Dance Between is a suite of spare and striking poems about women, in various stages of life's rhythms. Susan Ioannou's epigram speaks of the moment between 'what you once were, / and what you are now becoming' as being that dance.... balanced with tragedy and loss are poems of new beginnings: fledgling ballerinas and a golf lesson, first writing workshops and first connections, as well as resilience. Despite dark images, the narrator 'uncurls poems towards the light.'... Often there is the undertone of longing and yearning, yet resilience and light shine through overall. The poet explores opposites, and not just the tension between them, but, as the title suggests, the lively dance between, 'never to be known, and so, / unable to be forgotten.' " – Kate Marshall Flaherty, Verse Afire, January 2021.
1. Contemporary Authors, Gale Research
3. International Who’s Who in Poetry, Europa Publications
4. International Who's Who in Poetry and Poet's Encyclopaedia, Cambridge Biographical Centre Publications
5. International Authors and Writers Who's Who, Cambridge Biographical Centre Publications
6. Prabook, World Biographical Encyclopedia,
7. The Canadian Literary Archive, University of Manitoba
8. VIAF: The Virtual International Authority File
9. Who’s Who in Canadian Literature 1983-1984 and 1997-1998
10. York University Clara Thomas Archives
See also above Profiles and Interviews
Updated April 2021
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