Susan has been nominated, and has received awards, in six different categories of writing: poetry, fiction, non-fiction, personal essay, children's writing and for her work as an editor. She has published close to 30 books; her most recent novel is Given (a sequel to Cargo of Orchids), latest poetry collection Origami Dove. She has been described as everything from a standup comedian to an eco-feminist. She lives on Haida Gwaii and teaches poetry in the University of British Columbia's Optional- Residency MFA in Creative Writing Programme.
Musgrave wins Spirit Bear Award, 2012: The tribute recognizes the significance of a vital and enduring contribution to the poetry of the Pacific Northwest and was founded in 2010 by B.C. authors Patrick Lane and Lorna Crozier.
Lane calls Musgrave one of Canada's most remarkable and enduring writers. "Her presence as a writer and teacher has changed this land of ours. Her books have named and placed us spiritually," Lane said in a news release. " Her artistic presence over the past 40 years has helped create who we are. She is as important to us as Emily Carr.”