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Susan Rich
Works at Highline Community College
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Mint. Lavender. 100 Bells. So this is where I've been  spending most of my summer. I love to grow flowers, herbs, and a serious amount of tomatoes --- from black heirlooms to sun golds. Like Ross Gay, I believe that my gardening makes me a better poet. Soon...
Mint. Lavender. 100 Bells. So this is where I've been spending most of my summer. I love to grow flowers, herbs, and a serious amount of tomatoes --- from black heirlooms to sun golds. Like Ross Gay, I believe that my gar...
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Academy of American Poets --- Thank You
Spring must really be the season of poetry. I feel like I've joined the big kids table --- at least for one day. My poem, Boketto, was published as the poem-a-day poem this morning. I've been overwhelmed by the outpouring of emails I've received from dear f...
Spring must really be the season of poetry. I feel like I've joined the big kids table --- at least for one day. My poem, Boketto, was published as the poem-a-day poem this morning. I've been overwhelmed by the outpouring of ...
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Fellowship Offered for Poets on the Coast: 3 Day Writing Retreat for Women
Join the poets Sept 9 - 11th Kelli Russell Agodon and I are busy organizing the 6th Poets on the Coast for September 9 -11th at the Country Inn in La Conner, WA. From one good idea over a glass of wine we've created an annual gathering of poets who come to ...
Join the poets Sept 9 - 11th Kelli Russell Agodon and I are busy organizing the 6th Poets on the Coast for September 9 -11th at the Country Inn in La Conner, WA. From one good idea over a glass of wine we've created an annual...
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So This Happened -- 8 Years Later!
More poems with profiteroles needed! Several summers ago, my friend, poet Allen Braden , told me about a poetry contest that was organized by the Times Literary Supplement (London). He told me he thought I had a chance and so I sent in some poems. Amazingly...
More poems with profiteroles needed! Several summers ago, my friend, poet Allen Braden, told me about a poetry contest that was organized by the Times Literary Supplement (London). He told me he thought I had a chance and ...
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Big News --- Or How I've Spent the Last 25 Years
This is post number 1,000 on this blog and I've been wondering how I was going to make it count. There are so many things in life that only garner importance depending on how you treat them. One thing the number one thousand means is that I've been keeping ...
This is post number 1,000 on this blog and I've been wondering how I was going to make it count. There are so many things in life that only garner importance depending on how you treat them. One thing the number one thousand ...
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Happy National Poetry Month!
It's here! The time of year when poetry is invited to the party. I will be reading at 7 pm this Friday night at Kings Books in Tacoma, WA and my poem "4 'o' Clock News at the House of Sky" is featured along with many other Seattle poets in Seattle Magazine ...
It's here! The time of year when poetry is invited to the party. I will be reading at 7 pm this Friday night at Kings Books in Tacoma, WA and my poem "4 'o' Clock News at the House of Sky" is featured along with many other Se...
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Fellowship Offered to Poets on the Coast: Deadline Monday at Midnight
Come Write Along the River The Rich-Russell Scholarship grants one woman poet a free three day registration for Poets on the Coast in the river town of La Conner, Washington. Join us for the 6th annual Poets on the Coast: A Weekend Writing Retreat for Women...
Come Write Along the River The Rich-Russell Scholarship grants one woman poet a free three day registration for Poets on the Coast in the river town of La Conner, Washington. Join us for the 6th annual Poets on the Coast: A W...
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This Poem Was 40 Years in the Making - Thanks to Plume It's Here
I first met Paul on a bus. I was on my way from Boston to visit my sister in New York. Along the way, the bus broke down. No cell phones, no two way radios on board.  After awhile a blurry eyed Brit in the seat directly behind me woke up and said, "Hello." ...
I first met Paul on a bus. I was on my way from Boston to visit my sister in New York. Along the way, the bus broke down. No cell phones, no two way radios on board. After awhile a blurry eyed Brit in the seat directly behin...
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Two Poets Meet at the Skagit River Poetry Festival
James Crews, Poet I love when the world makes sense. When dates and geographies collide so that two poets who previously had not known of the other's existence get a chance to meet in person at the Odd Fellows Hall in La Conner, WA. So here's the story: a p...
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How to Submit (Poems) and Arrange Manuscripts
Before National Poetry Month comes to a close for another 11 months, here is an article I wrote for Hedgebrook on sending your poems out into the world and how to order them too.  Thank you to Hedgebrook for the opportunity! One poem, two poems, three poems...
Before National Poetry Month comes to a close for another 11 months, here is an article I wrote for Hedgebrook on sending your poems out into the world and how to order them too. Thank you to Hedgebrook for the opportunity! ...
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Poet Traveller: I'm On the Road Again - Tacoma Style
7 pm, this Friday night I will be reading at King's Books in Tacoma, WA as part of the Distinguished Writers Series sponsored by the Puget Sound Poetry Connection. Hello, Tacoma! I'm very excited to read her as it is my first time visiting King's Books --- ...
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Bridging the Lyrical with the Visual
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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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Seattle, WA
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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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