Suzanne Buffam

Suzanne Buffam was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. She received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and an MA in English from Concordia University.

She is the author of 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), winner of the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for Poetry.

The poet Matthea Harvey writes, “Buffam’s often deadpan tone is like a magical dustpan that sweeps up the strangest observations and ideas, all worlds to themselves.”

Buffam has received a CBC Literary Award for Poetry and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago and lives in Chicago with her husband, the poet Srikanth Reddy.


A Pillow Book (Canarium Books, 2016)
The Irrationalist (Canarium Books, 2010
Past Imperfect (House of Anansi Press, 2005)