I’m a journalist, radio producer, and writer, born and raised in Toronto. Some of my writing is here. I’ve worked as a music critic and news correspondent, including four years based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In recent years I’ve turned to slower reporting and storytelling through tangles. “Decriminalization: A Love Story,” my deep dive on the intimate forces behind Portugal’s radical approach to their overdose crisis, went viral when it was republished by The Guardian in late 2017, and has been used in several countries to facilitate discussions around drug policy, addiction, and harm reduction.
I’m interested in borders, real or imagined, and the spaces in between. Currently spending lots of time in and around the Atlantic Ocean unravelling a book.
My writing and reporting has been supported by grants and fellowships from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, International Reporting Project, International Women’s Media Fund, and The Pulitzer Center. I was the inaugural winner of the Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award, administered by New York University, where I was also a visiting scholar in 2015-2016. The Black Mountain Institute named me their inaugural Saltman Fellow in nonfiction in 2018. My longform stories have been translated into French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.
You can email me at susana at nowarian dot com
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Photo from the San Ysidro border crossing by Marie Arago.