Charlotte Hussey grew up on a sandbar fronted by the Atlantic and backed by a tidal marsh, a primal site for her poetry. She published a prose poem about a kingfisher eating goldfish from a lawn pool in “The Portland Press Herald” at age 9.
Her first passion was dance, one hard to follow as a child in rural Maine. At 13 she started practicing yoga, while attending a Quaker boarding school. Later, she worked for Dr. John Pierrakos, the founder of Bioenergetic Therapy, who inspired her to ground self-expression in bodily awareness. She is a certified Kundalini yoga teacher who has studied Authentic Movement, Jazz, Afro-Haitian, Egyptian, and Moroccan dance and has been a member of Terpsichore Dance Troupe.
Charlotte has completed a Warren Wilson College MFA, involving an in-depth study of Yeats’s metrical revisions, and a McGill University PhD, a self-study of her own poetic process with a bit of H.D. thrown in for good measure. Training with Eric Maisel to become a certified Creativity Coach, Charlotte now helps others carve out their own personal art practice.
Charlotte teaches academic and creative writing at McGill University and Arthurian and Celtic literature at Dawson College in Montreal. She has taught on Northern Quebec native reserves and is a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates, & Druids.
Her poetry and academic writing have appeared in Canadian, American, and British journals/anthologies. She has published a chapbook The Head Will Continue to Sing, and her first poetry book, Rue Sainte Famille, was short-listed for Quebec’s QSPELL poetry award. Awen Publiations is bringing out her second collection, Glossing the Spoils.