Susan was born and raised in Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and currently lives in Madison. She is retired from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority and now does free-lance editing, writing, and workshops.

She's the author of The Map of What Happened, which won the 2012 Backwaters Press Book Prize and the 2014 Julie Suk Award from Jacar Press for the best book published by an independent publisher in 2013. She has one other full-length collection, Eden in the Rearview Mirror (Word Press), and two chapbooks, Where Good Swimmers Drown, which won the 2011 Concrete Wolf Press Prize, and Light Made from Nothing (Parallel Press).

Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in many literary journals, including Ascent, Blackbird, Crab Orchard Review, Diode, Nimrod, North American Review, One - Jacar Press, Prairie Schooner, Smartish Pace, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and on Verse Daily.

Susan also has work appearing or forthcoming in many anthologies, including A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poems, eds. Oliver de la Paz and Stacey Lynn Brown (The University of Akron Press), Fire On Her Tongue: An eBook Anthology of Contemporary Women's Poetry, eds. Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy, e-book, (Two Sylvias Press), City of the Big Shoulders: An Anthology of Chicago Poems, ed. Ryan Van Cleave (University of Iowa Press), and A Fierce Brightness: Twenty-five Years of Women's Poetry (Calyx Books).

Among her awards are the 2014 Julie Suk Award from Jacar Press, 2012 Backwaters Press Book Prize, the 2011 Concrete Wolf Chapbook Prize, the 7th Annual Oneiros Press Broadside Competition, The Poetry Center of Chicago's 14th Annual Juried Reading (third place), the CALYX inaugural Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize, and the Council for Wisconsin Writers' Lorine Niedecker Award. She has received a Rowland Foundation residency to the Vermont Studio Center, a residency to the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and two residencies to Edenfred in Madison, Wisconsin sponsored by the Terry Family Foundation.

With three other poets, she conceived of and co-curated the Bridge Poetry Reading Series in collaboration with The Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, Wisconsin, twice yearly readings showcasing ekphrastic poems based on a museum exhibition. Susan has previously served on the Council for Wisconsin Writers Board of Directors and on the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission.


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