Suzanne Elki Yoko Hartmann is a fourth-generation Japanese Canadian (JC) of mixed Hartmann_2020race. She lives with her husband, dog and bunny in Toronto, which is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples.

The editor, writer and self-published children’s book author has worked in media for the last 30 years: About 20 years in print and a decade in broadcast television. Suzanne has a bachelor’s degree in Radio & Television Arts and a certificate in Magazine Publishing from Ryerson. Through her company, Old Sage Hands, she provides select clients with editing, consulting and creative services.

The name “old sage hands” came up years ago while harvesting bunches of fresh sage from her herb garden and implies taking an enlightened, hands-on approach to healthy living.

Currently Suzanne is enrolled in the University of King’s College MFA Creative Nonfiction program where she’s working on a new project that celebrates the postwar Japanese Canadian community in Toronto. It’s a unique “next generation” story based on early memories, including participating in minyō (folk dance) at Obon (a summer Buddhist festival). Personal essays combined with extensive research explore culture and the arts through annual events and traditions. Outside of references to internment and trauma, many Canadians are unaware of this community and their contributions to the Toronto landscape. This work of creative nonfiction records and illuminates these accounts and celebrates the organizations this eroding community struggled to build.




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