I’m a journalist, producer, and writer. Some of my favourite print and audio pieces are collected here. I worked previously as a cultural critic, then as a foreign correspondent for news wires, magazines, and broadcast media, including four years based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. More recently I’ve tuned to a slower practice of journalism, sitting with complicated narratives, storytelling through tangles. “Decriminalization: A Love Story,” a work of literary reporting about the intimate forces behind Portugal’s approach to their overdose crisis, went viral when it was republished by The Guardian in late 2017. It continues to be actively cited and used around the globe to facilitate public debate around drug use, drug policy, harm reduction, and policing.
My writing and reporting have been supported by awards, fellowships, grants, and residencies from MacDowell, NYU’s Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award, Black Mountain Institute, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Disquiet International Literary Program, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, International Reporting Project, International Women’s Media Fund, and Pulitzer Center. My longform stories have been translated into French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.
I’m interested in borders and belongings, the measurable and the imagined, and spaces in between. I was born in Canada to immigrants from Portugal and was raised by West End Toronto, within the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. For the moment I’m spending time in and around the Atlantic Ocean unravelling a book.
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If you’re interested in working together on a feature or reported essay for The Believer, where I’m an associate editor, you’re welcome to drop a note to susana at believermag dot com.
Photo from the San Ysidro/El Chaparral borderland by Marie Arago.