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Melissa Sussens

Updated: Mar 13

Join us on Monday 20 March at 19.30 at A Touch of Madness in Obs for our live event! Melissa Sussens is a queer veterinarian and poet. Her debut collection, Slaughterhouse,was published by Karavan Press in 2022. She placed 2nd in the 2020 New Contrast National Poetry Prize and has been shortlisted for the 2022 prize. Melissa’s work has appeared in many publications, both locally and internationally. She has performed at various local poetry events and hosts poetry readings at The Red Wheelbarrow. Melissa is also a teaching assistant for Megan Falley’s writing course, Poems That Don’t Suck. She lives in Cape Town with her spouse and their two dogs and can be found at or @melissasussens.


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