I was born in Toronto’s Kensington Market and raised in the West End on a block full of families that, like mine, repped diasporas far and wide.
I got my start freelancing for Canadian music magazines and alt weeklies, interviewing rappers my first journalism education. I picked up masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York and Sciences Po in Paris, and have worked throughout the world for news wires, major dailies, magazines, radio, and television. Languages spoken (in order of appearance, not preference): Portuguese, English, French, Spanish, Haitian Creole.
My reporting and writing have been supported by grants and fellowships from the Pulitzer Center, International Reporting Project, International Women’s Media Fund, Ontario Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts. I was the inaugural winner of the Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award, administered by New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, where I was also a visiting scholar. In 2018 I was named a Shearing Fellow at the Black Mountain Literary Institute. I’ve completed intensive multi-day courses in HEFAT, battlefield first aid (RISC), digital security (Freedom of the Press Foundation), and spent several frigid weeks in a Canadian Armed Forces joint exercise for a surreal conflict zone training at CFB Wainwright, Alberta. I’m a member of the Frontline Freelance Register and the Canadian Media Guild.
You can email me at susana at nowarian point com.
If you’d like to communicate more privately and securely with me and don’t know how, I’m happy to help you figure this out.
I’m (sorta) down with PGP: 8CDB 8D2D 5BFD 9DCA 768A 585A 7E91 8C69 269E
I also use a more private, more secure email. You can set one up too.