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ISBN: ISBN 978-1-77171-400-6

70 pages


"Souaid’s work recognizes the precarity of these bizarre twenty-first century circumstances we’ve inherited, and of those we’re responsible for. Her poems acknowledge that the world we live is at a “global tipping point.” Yet, even when it communicates the weight of that knowledge, the work never reads as panicked or accusatory or fatalistic. Instead, it reads as hopeful … grateful, even!"

                                                                                                             -Josh Quirion



ISBN: 1771313544

ISBN-13:  9781771313544

77 pages




* Shortlisted for the Re-Lit Award

“These bold, important poems have grappled with beauty and chosen honesty … [T]hey offer no easy consolations, but because they are made things … they reflect a hope for change.”


                                                                                                                  - Stephanie Bolster


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(Carolyn Marie Souaid & Endre Farkas, eds.)

ISBN: 978-1927426-19-7

192 pages



"Anyone interested in poetry in general, and especially poetry in Quebec, will find these interviews deeply engaging."       - Quill & Quire 

"Written in an accessible journalistic style, Language Matters reflects the diversity of both emerging and award-winning Quebec English-language poets and their many innovative poetic forms.”


                                                                                                                            - Rover Magazine

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(with Endre Farkas)

ISBN: 1-897109-46-6
ISBN 13: 978-1897109-46-5

48 pages



* Winner of the ZEBRA International Poetry Film Festival,

   “Best Film for Tolerance”


“The format of the presentation is precisely right. The video production, hearing the speakers and seeing them in context with each other, makes the poem live…An enclosed DVD presents the authors, Endre Farkas (Jew) and Carolyn Marie Souaid (Arab), reciting their work. The performances are strong, and the text gains from this presentation, the contrasting voices overlapping like a Glenn Gould vocal fugue as they speak sometimes to each other and sometimes to themselves. The black-and-white cinematography is understated, but effective…This is a poem, a performance, and as such it succeeds. The voices are worth hearing. And their dialogue is worth unpacking. ”

                                                                                                                               -Rover Magazine


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ISBN: 1-897109-31-8
ISBN 13: 978-1897109-31-1

112 pages




“Souaid's Paper Oranges is a thought-provoking, resonant response to the plight of Samuel Beckett's Vladimir and Estragon, two men who waste their lives and potential fruitlessly waiting for an absent and elusive Godot."    - Event



“Montreal writer Carolyn Marie Souaid's fifth book, Paper Oranges, is the kind you keep coming back to...There's anger, wit, and social comment here, in lines that sing on the page."

                                                                                                                        -The Winnipeg Free Press



"Carolyn Marie Souaid writes like an angel... "    - Rover Magazine



ISBN: 1-897109-01-6
ISBN 13: 978-1897109-01-4

96 pages



* Shortlisted for the Mary Scorer Award (Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher)


* Shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award 



"... a fine achievement in attempting to explain the importance of Pierre Elliott Trudeau - and his passing, five years ago - for the national imagination... perhaps the first serious effort to encompass the nation since Dennie Lee's problematically Ontario centric/Torontonian Civil Elegies appeared in 1868 and 1972."           -George Elliott Clarke


"... the language leaps off the page in exciting, vivacious rhythm and rhyme... But more than pop for the ears, this collection of poems, told from several points of view, is a love story set against the backdrop of Trudeaumania. The poems also make use of Catholicism, Greek mythology and literature as points of reference bringing to mind Elizabeth Smart's poetic novel By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept.​"           - ARC Poetry Magazine








ISBN: 0-921833-85-7
ISBN 13: 978-0921833-85-7

96 pages




 * Shortlisted for the A.M. Klein Poetry Award


"Carolyn Marie Souaid has a dark and powerful voice."      - P.K. Page



"Here is no poetry of alphabet games, but the inimitable lyricism of real imagination and emotions truly felt. These nouns reverberate, these nouns name names. Love and life achieve their maximum beauty in these pages. Carolyn Marie Souaid is the compleat poet, one whose voice continues to sing in the mind and heart long after reading. Hear her here."

                                                                                                        -George Elliott Clarke



(2013, 3rd printing)

ISBN: 0-921833-67-9
ISBN 13: 978-0921833-67-3

96 pages




* Shortlisted for the A.M. Klein Poetry Award



“Not often are the divisions that beset and define our country played out in the work of a single poet. Carolyn Marie Souaid is a brave exception. Her tender, hurting poems show what can happen when family politics incarnate so much love, so much heartfelt pain.”


                                                                                                                       -Mark Abley








ISBN: 0-921833-43-1

80 pages





* Shortlisted for the A.M. Klein Poetry Award


"Written with a tough intelligence and a bracing earthiness, Swimming into the Light tells a poignant story that brings together three generations in the land of Souaid's ancestors. 'He's kind of an embodiment of both my future and my past,' Souaid said of her son, Alex, whom she, her husband and her mother travelled to Lebanon to adopt in 1992. The book, which is dedicated to Souaid's son, manages to graft the sensibility of a contemporary North American woman struggling with infertility to a delicate search for distant roots. Many of the poems have the quality of snapshots, capturing the Lebanon of a particular moment, as viewed by an outsider with more than a passing interest in what she sees.”    The Montreal Gazette


“Swimming into the Light travels from Canada to Lebanon, infertility to adoption, personal aridity to an oasis of plenitude. Souaid celebrates the life force which, one minute, destroys and in another leaves you gasping at its fecundity and embracing a child that 'hung like amber fruit in another woman's womb.' Her concern with roots, with continuity, extends to the social and political spheres as well, where even Beirut, that locus of destruction, begins to re-emerge, phoenix-like, from its ashes. Order, she says, sneaks up on you; and so it does in these fine poems, which are so quietly exact you scarcely notice their artistry until you feel the detonation deep inside.”    - Gary Geddes





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