Suzanne Buffam

b. 1972
Suzanne Buffam
Suzanne Buffam was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. She earned an MA in English from Concordia University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her poetry collections include Past Imperfect (2005) and The Irrationalist (2010). She has received the CBC Literary Award for Poetry and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award.
 
Reviewing The Irrationalist for TheStar.com, poetry columnist Barbara Carey commented that Buffam “rummages in metaphysics and skeptically eyes received wisdom […] occasionally upending it altogether.” Gilliam Jerome, writing of Past Imperfect in Canadian Literature, identified “a speaker self-consciously wary of mystical visions and cosmic vibrations.”
 
Buffam teaches at the University of Chicago.

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What People are Saying

"I actually enjoy poetry! When I started participating in the Poetry Out Loud competition in the 9th grade I hated poetry, but as I continued to participate over the years I grew a love and appreciation for the art form, and poetry is now a part of my identity."
Irvin Mason, Jr.
2016 USVI POL Champion