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Susan Rich
Works at Highline Community College
Attended Harvard University
Lives in Seattle, WA
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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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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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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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Words in the Air: Hearing Poems Aloud
I am a great fan of reading poems out loud. I read to my students, my cats, my friends, my lover. When I am revising a poem, I need to hear it out loud many times. The air is where a poem lives. It needs the human voice for completion. A number of years ago...
I am a great fan of reading poems out loud. I read to my students, my cats, my friends, my lover. When I am revising a poem, I need to hear it out loud many times. The air is where a poem lives. It needs the human voice for c...
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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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  • Highline Community College
    Poet, Teacher, Writing Coach, present
  • University of Oregon, Amnesty International, University of Cape Town
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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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