Sue is a poet and fiction writer.
A former physiotherapist and acupuncturist, Sue writes about all kinds of things but has a particular interest in the intersection of medicine and the humanities. She holds a Master of Arts in Creative Writing (Massey University), and is a PhD student at the University of Otago, where she is researching how literary writing contributes to the understanding of illness. Sue lives in Dunedin, New Zealand, where she is the selecting editor for the Otago Daily Times Weekend Poem column, and co-editor of the Medical Humanities blog Corpus: Conversations about Medicine and Life.
Sue’s fiction and poetry is widely published and anthologised in New Zealand and internationally. Some of her work has been translated into Hungarian, Romanian, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Her children’s book, Cloudcatcher, was published in 2010.
She has published five collections of poetry, most recently The Yield.
Sue has received a number of accolades for her work.
- The Yield shortlisted for 2018 Ockham NZ Book Award for Poetry
- Strip longlisted for 2017 Ockham NZ Book Award for Fiction
- Winner 2015 Takahē Poetry Competition – “Calling”
- Runner-up 2015 Gwen Harwood Prize (Australia) – “Smeuse”
- Winner 2015 Caselberg Trust International Poetry prize – “Luthier”