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Susan Rich
Works at Highline Community College
Attended Harvard University
Lives in Seattle, WA
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Vermillion - A Poem on Revision
 Looking at color on the internet is like taking a hike using Google Maps. On the other hand, it is a place to start. The color Vermilion comes from the mineral cinnabar and was popular in the Middle Ages, used frequently in the colorization of illuminated ...
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Once upon a time a poet and an artist got together...
Self Portrait by Carol Sawyer Just over two years ago I found this photograph on the web. The encounter was almost that random. A year earlier, a friend of a friend had sent me Carol Sawyer's email address and told me Carol was a photo historian and might h...
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Fellowship Offered for Poets On the Coast Winter Retreat, Feb 6th 2016
I am a great believer in a community of people coming together to write for an afternoon. For example, left to my own devices, I may work on one poem for a couple of hours and call it good. However, if I'm writing with a group, my energy seems to build on i...
I am a great believer in a community of people coming together to write for an afternoon. For example, left to my own devices, I may work on one poem for a couple of hours and call it good. However, if I'm writing with a grou...
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In Celebration of a Life: Madeline DeFrees (1917 - 2015)
Madeline DeFrees with her chocolate birthday cake  Tomorrow, 2 pm at Elliott Bay Books (that's Saturday, January 9th) friends and former students will gather to celebrate the life of the late, great,  Madeline DeFrees.  Anne McDuffie is hosting and Rick Sim...
Madeline DeFrees with her chocolate birthday cake Tomorrow, 2 pm at Elliott Bay Books (that's Saturday, January 9th) friends and former students will gather to celebrate the life of the late, great, Madeline DeFrees. Anne...
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Poet Tip 101: How to Order Your Poetry Manuscript
Mel's: Your Poetry Drive-In What if you could just stop by a drive-in on your way home from work to pick-up the arrangement for your new poetry manuscript? You'd speak into the silver microphone and request a burger,  fries, and a coffee shake --- then fini...
Mel's: Your Poetry Drive-In What if you could just stop by a drive-in on your way home from work to pick-up the arrangement for your new poetry manuscript? You'd speak into the silver microphone and request a burger, fries, ...
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Another New Crush - Surreal Friends: Remedios Varo (1908-1963)
Remedios Varo , like Leonora Carrington, was part of a group of Surrealist artists living in Mexico City as refugees after World War II. These best friends collaborated on plays, spent afternoons drinking tea (then tequila) and traded alchemical recipes.The...
Remedios Varo, like Leonora Carrington, was part of a group of Surrealist artists living in Mexico City as refugees after World War II. These best friends collaborated on plays, spent afternoons drinking tea (then tequila) an...
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Understood. Deadline Extended to Sunday, January 31st
See that mouse holding on to the minute hand of time? She will be doing that all weekend so that you can have 2 more days to send in your very brief application so that you can write for free at our winter writing retreat. Next Saturday, February 6th, Kelli...
See that mouse holding on to the minute hand of time? She will be doing that all weekend so that you can have 2 more days to send in your very brief application so that you can write for free at our winter writing retreat. Ne...
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Hello, Kansas! But Wait, It's Complicated --- Nevada Anyone?
So this happened and it's a little bit complicated. First of all, when I wrote that Kansas was the only state left uncolored on my Poetry Map , a good deal of unexpected support came my way. One grammar school friend now lives in Kansas and she promised to ...
So this happened and it's a little bit complicated. First of all, when I wrote that Kansas was the only state left uncolored on my Poetry Map, a good deal of unexpected support came my way. One grammar school friend now lives...
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New Year's Resolutions Gone Awry with J.W. Marshall and Christine Deavel
I live on an isthmus west of downtown Seattle. In the summer there is beach volleyball and pirates landing their boats along the shore. In December, the Christmas Ships make a dramatic appearance. I love the quirkiness of my neighborhood: a record store, a ...
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Reading For the Snow
  I celebrated the beginning of the year with my dear friend Geraldine Mill s visiting from Ireland. Geraldine and I met 13 years ago at The Tyrone Guthrie Center ; it was my first time in Ireland. Since that time we've become close friends. One ritual we'v...
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Honoring Madeline DeFrees: Friday, January 9th at 2:00 pm, Elliott Bay Book Company
Madeline DeFrees super ready for a piece of her birthday cake, at 90 Madeline DeFrees was my first true poetry teacher. I was in my final year of university just returning to campus after three years away. Madeline was a visiting poet from Montana. Her one-...
Madeline DeFrees super ready for a piece of her birthday cake, at 90 Madeline DeFrees was my first true poetry teacher. I was in my final year of university just returning to campus after three years away. Madeline was a visi...
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Call For Submissions: Poems for The Human
The Invisible Man's Revenge For a special issue of The Human journal we are looking for poems that explore the diversity of masculinity especially as seen in cinema or from a cinematic (strikingly visual) point of view. The June 2016 issue will be devoted t...
The Invisible Man's Revenge For a special issue of The Human journal we are looking for poems that explore the diversity of masculinity especially as seen in cinema or from a cinematic (strikingly visual) point of view. The J...
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  • Highline Community College
    Poet, Teacher, Writing Coach, present
  • University of Oregon, Amnesty International, University of Cape Town
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Boston, MA - England, Scotland, South Africa, Republic of Niger
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Introduction

Susan Rich is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently, Cloud Pharmacy and The Alchemist’s Kitchen, which was a Finalist for the Foreword Prize and the Washington State Book Award. Her other books include Cures Include Travel (2006) and The Cartographer’s Tongue / Poems of the World (2000) which won the PEN USA Award for Poetry and the Peace Corps Writers Book Award. She is the recipient of awards from Artist’s Trust, 4Culture, The Times Literary Supplement of London, Seattle Mayors Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the Fulbright Foundation. Susan's poems have been published in many journals including: Antioch Review, Gettysburg Review, Harvard Review, and The Southern Review. 
 
Currently, she is Professor of creative writing and film studies at Highline Community College. Susan also works as the poetry editor for The Human journal based in Istanbul, Turkey and along with Kelli Russell Agodon is founder of Poets on the Coast: A Writing Retreat for Women. Along with Brian Turner and Jared Hawkley, she is editor of the anthology, The Strangest of Theatres: Poets Writing Across Borders published by McSweeney’s and the Poetry Foundation (2013). Susan lives in Seattle, WA and writes in the House of Sky, a few blocks from the Puget Sound. 

 

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Author of four books of poetry and co-editor of one anthology. Lover of water and cats. Now in O Magazine
Education
  • Harvard University
    Education; Ed.M.
  • University of Oregon
    Poetry: MFA
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
    English / Creative Writing BA
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