etched in steel(e) Dr. Suzanne M. Steele — editor analyst writer researcher


A few projects:

Co-producer and originator of the podcast, Li Keur (2020).  Hosted by Bryna Link and Hannah Connolly (Canadian Mennonite University), this podcast engages in conversations from the heart of the continent on Indigenous languages, music, culture, and art in the age of reconciliation. Funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada research project on the Aesthetic Translation of Indigenous Languages (with Neil Wiesensel).

image ©MIT Press 2019

Editor and advisor (substantive, copy, Indigenous and cross-cultural editorial style), Collective Wisdom: Co-Creating within Communities across Disciplines and With Algorithms  MIT’s Open Documentary Lab’s Co-Creation Studio, headed by Emmy-winning documentarian, Kat Cizek.

Li Keur : Riel’s Heart of the North is a major new dramatic musical (book by S.M. Steele, music by Neil Weisensel) that previewed (40 minutes) with the Regina Symphony in 2019, and that will premiere in 2022 (full-length) with the Winnipeg Symphony. Li Keur is made possible by the Canada Council New Chapter Awards, the British Columbia Arts Council, the Manitoba Arts Council, and is in partnership with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Louis Riel Institute, the Manitoba Metis Federation, and L’Union Nationale Métisse Saint Joseph de Manitoba. I am writing it in five languages (including three Indigenous: Cree-Michif, French Michif, Saulteaux) with help from: Madame Vera de Montigny, Jules Chartrand, June Bruce, Lorraine Coutu, Agathe Chartrand, Patsy Millar, Andrea Rose, Suzanne Zeke, Joyce Dumont, Donna Beach and Debra Beach Ducharme.

Above left to right, RAMM staff member, Dr. Suzanne Steele, Dr. Marjorie Gerhardt, curator Cristina Burke-Trees, MA, and Professor David H. Jones, at the Faces of Conflict exhibition opening (poster on the right) at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery.

I was literary advisor, a Named Collaborator, and team member of the three-year 1914FACES2014 Research Project: an international project funded by the EU, as part of the UK team (led by David Houston Jones) and a French team (led by Professor Bernard Devauchelle, Institut Faire Faces, Amiens). Professor Devauchelle was the first surgeon in the world to perform a face transplant. My work was as facilitator, presenter, assistant to the curator, installation artist, and literary advisor.


Project Lead,  The Long Goodbye: a conversation across a centuryan Exeter-fund WWI centenary outreach project, in Exeter, UK. This project was manifested by our fabulous team, and co-led by Dr. Jaime Robles and Dr. Mike Rose, with whom I formed Exegesis, and our wondrous assistant, Will Dyer. Other installations and publishing projects with Robles and Rose include: The Wittgenstein Vector, a meditation on Ludwig Wittgenstein’s  Tractatus 51 Shades of Black & Blue (a satire and cabaret); and The Wall of Miracles, an international poetry project.