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Pia Susanna Ellinor Roxman 29 August 1946 Stockholm, Sweden
30 September 2015(2015-09-30) (aged 69) Lund, Sweden
Susanna Roxman (born Pia Susanna Ellinor Roxman; 29 August 1946 - 30 September 2015) was an Anglophone writer, poet and critic born in Stockholm; her father's family is Scottish. She was considered a gifted child. Her first few books were written in Swedish, but she switched over to English as her professional language. After having worked for some years as a secretary, a ballet teacher, and a fashion model, Roxman studied at Stockholm University, King's College at London University, Lund University, and Gothenburg University, where she earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. From 1996 to 2005 she headed the Centre of Classical Mythology at Lund University. She had several collections of poetry published, as well as literary criticism. Her poems have also appeared in literary magazines world-wide. Some of these pieces have been translated into Arabic and Persian. Roxman has taken part in many poetry readings, notably at the Edinburgh Festival (2006, 2009, 2010, 2013).
Susanna Roxman has contributed many review articles on literature and ballet to the arts pages of some of the national newspapers in Sweden. These include Dagens Nyheter, Arbetet (now folded), Sydsvenska Dagbladet, and Aftonbladet.
She has also written a large number of pieces on the arts for the National Radio, Sweden.
Roxman was on the editorial board of the literary magazine Understanding (published by Dionysia Press, Edinburgh) 1991-2003.
She co-edited two multi-cultural anthologies of poetry and prose:
Fjorton poeter fran Lund (with Guilem Rodrigues da Silva), Lunds Lilla Penklubb/Forfattarcentrum Syd, Lund 1982;
Varlden i Lund (with Karin Lentz and Guilem Rodrigues da Silva), Lunds Lilla Penklubb, Lund 1985.