Carolyn Marie Souaid’s Bio

Carolyn Marie Souaid. Photographer: Joel Silverstein

Carolyn Marie Souaid
Photographer: Joel Silverstein

CAROLYN MARIE SOUAID is the award-winning author of the novel, Yasmeen Haddad Loves Joanasi Maqaittik (Baraka Books, 2017), set in Northern Quebec, and seven poetry collections, most recently This World We Invented (Brick Books, 2015). Her videopoem, Blood is Blood (Signature Editions, 2010 ), co-produced with Endre Farkas, won a top prize at the 2012 Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin. Shortlisted for the A.M. Klein Prize For Poetry and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, she is the recipient of numerous arts grants, including a seven-week residency at the Banff Centre in 2013. She has performed at festivals and literary events in Europe, Canada and the U.S. and her work has been translated into French, Arabic, Spanish and Slovenian. Her poems and short stories have appeared in magazines including The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, and the Literary Review of Canada, and have been featured on CBC-Radio. Over the years, Carolyn has led over 250 writing workshops, master classes and seminars in a wide range of settings from universities to elementary schools, both in Canada and abroad. As poetry editor for Signature Editions (2008 to 2011), she selected and edited a dozen poetry collections by new and established Canadian authors. From 2004 to 2012, she – with Endre Farkas – curated a number of literary happenings around Montreal including the poetry-on-the-bus project, Circus of Words/Cirque des mots (a cabaret evening of multidisciplinary, multilingual performances focusing on the “theatre” of poetry), and the Irving Layton Centenary Celebration, a sold-out evening of readings and personal tributes by Canadian celebrities and Montreal’s rising stars in poetry. From 2009 to 2013, they ran Poetry Quebec, an online magazine dedicated to the English-language poetry of Quebec. She lives in Montreal. Visit:


To listen to Carolyn’s reading at the Atwater Poetry Project, click here.