Susan Olding’s Pathologies: A Life in Essays, won the Creative Nonfiction Collective’s Readers’ Choice Award for 2010. Her writing has appeared widely in literary journals and magazines across Canada and the United States including the L.A. Review of Books, Maisonneuve, and the Utne Reader.
The recipient of a Silver Medal for Personal Journalism at the National Magazine Awards in 2013, Susan has been a finalist for two more National Magazine Awards, as well as two Western Magazine Awards, and a CBC Literary Award. In addition, she’s a two-time winner of both the Event Creative Non-fiction Contest and the New Quarterly’s in-house Edna Award.
Susan earned a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She has been a frequent contributor to several discussion groups, workshops, and web resources for adoptive parents. Her work has also appeared in such anthologies as Body Breakdowns: Tales of Illness and Recovery (Anvil Press), The Lucky Ones: Our Stories of Adopting Children from China (ECW Press), Between Interruptions: Mothers Write on Guilt, Anxiety, Ambition, and More (Key Porter), and Double Lives: Writing and Motherhood (McGill-Queens University Press).
Born in Toronto, Susan lives with her family in Kingston, Ontario. She works for Precision Nutrition.