Suzanne Buffam was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. She's the author of three collections of poetry, A Pillow Book (Canarium Books 2016), The Irrationalist (Canarium Books, 2010), which was shortlisted for the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize and Past Imperfect (House of Anansi Press, 2005), which won the Gerald Lampert Award. Her poems have also been published in Poetry, jubilat, A Public Space, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, Prairie Schooner, and many other journals. She lives in Chicago.
"Suzanne Buffam’s The Irrationalist ta kes nothing for granted. Its rhythms manage to mimic the mind at work, the mind edgy and witty and sharp. The tones are brave and sweeping, ready to re-define the world, alert not only to history and the exigencies of the contemporary, but also to larger questions to do with philosophy, with time and space. " —Judges' Citation for the 2011 Griffin Prize Shortlist
"In 'Little Commentaries,' Buffam shows off a tremendous gift for compression and metaphor, rolling out a steady stream of aphoristic lines sharp enough to stock several pages in a dictionary of quotations." —Barbara Carey, Toronto Star