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Susan Rich
Works at Highline Community College
Attended Harvard University
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How To Create Something From Nothing: WordsWest
Creating WordsWest: A Lesson in Magical Thinking One of the things I'm doing this year which is brand new and therefore super exciting (to me) is the WordsWest Literary Series that I've co-founded with Katy  E. Ellis and Harold Taw . As three writers, all n...
Creating WordsWest: A Lesson in Magical Thinking One of the things I'm doing this year which is brand new and therefore super exciting (to me) is the WordsWest Literary Series that I've co-founded with Katy  E. Ellis and Haro...
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Dear Elizabeth, Sarah Ruhl's Success
My Favorite Poet Now Stars in a Play It must be really difficult to be a playwright. So many plays I see start out really promising and then fall apart in the second act as if now that the characters are introduced,  there's little more to do. Thankfully, s...
My Favorite Poet Now Stars in a Play It must be really difficult to be a playwright. So many plays I see start out really promising and then fall apart in the second act as if now that the characters are introduced,  there's ...
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The Right Time for The Write Crowd: Literary Citizenship and the Writing Life
The Write Crowd by Lori May How many poets and writers understand that living a literary life is not just about pen and paper, publishing and book parties? In fact, there are several other facets to our lives. For this reason I love the music and the much n...
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How to Get There From Here? The Writing Life
As a young woman I kept a postcard of this close to me as I traveled to Scotland, West Africa, and South Africa. I wondered if this was the type of writer I would become: a room of one's own but open to the world. Even the dormer windows are unlatched. Inst...
As a young woman I kept a postcard of this close to me as I traveled to Scotland, West Africa, and South Africa. I wondered if this was the type of writer I would become: a room of one's own but open to the world. Even the do...
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Teaching As A Test of Endurance: Week One
Well, the week is not quite over but I feel as if I'm ready for spring break. How can teaching three classes be so exhausting? Am I that old and out of energy? No. I hear the same complaint from my younger colleagues. This job takes an impossible amount o...
Well, the week is not quite over but I feel as if I'm ready for spring break. How can teaching three classes be so exhausting? Am I *that* old and out of energy? No. I hear the same complaint from my younger colleagues. This ...
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Thank you for 12+ years of friendship and fun, Geraldine!
True friendship survives  all distances and time, so five thousand miles is not far to travel for lunch when it is to have  a few hours with a dear friend. While visiting Washington State I took the ferry from Bremerton to Se...
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International Clouds For Sale --- Really!
Thanks to Laura of Libelle for these clouds over Alki Beach in April  Yes, it's the clouds of Cloud Pharmacy that I'm referring to here. And it seems so karmically right that my first book to be made into an ebook, thanks to Two Sylvia's Press is titled, Cl...
Thanks to Laura of Libelle for these clouds over Alki Beach in April  Yes, it's the clouds of Cloud Pharmacy that I'm referring to here. And it seems so karmically right that my first book to be made into an ebook, thanks to ...
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What Makes This 5th Poets On The Coast Different From All Others?
Poets On the Coast Come At Any Age And Background Yes, September is not quite here but our 5th Anniversary Poets On the Coast has just a few spaces left. This year we are adding several new projects including a community reading, a dessert reception hosted ...
Poets On the Coast Come At Any Age And Background Yes, September is not quite here but our 5th Anniversary Poets On the Coast has just a few spaces left. This year we are adding several new projects including a community read...
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Happiness in Persistence or Cloud Pharmacy is a Finalist
It's 1:30 in the morning and tomorrow is another crazy day but I want to pause if only briefly to savor the fact that Cloud Pharmacy is currently a Finalist for the Julie Suk Award from Jacar Press. This is the time to praise dreams that send books into gol...
It's 1:30 in the morning and tomorrow is another crazy day but I want to pause if only briefly to savor the fact that Cloud Pharmacy is currently a Finalist for the Julie Suk Award from Jacar Press. This is the time to praise...
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You Could Be Writing In A Gorgeous Place -- In Seattle
A Place to Write and to Dream We still have a few spaces in our one day winter writing retreat in Seattle on Saturday, January 24th. The morning is designed for generating new work and includes a publishing salon. The afternoon session is all things on publ...
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Poetry Across Cultures, Countries, and For More Than A Decade
I am thrilled that Irish poet and fiction writer  Geraldine Mills took the time to create an homage to our friendship on her blog today. Yesterday we got to renew the friendship that began in Ireland over a decade ago. The occasion was a residency at the Ty...
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Seattle Writing Retreat in Beautiful Space, Saturday, January 24th
Woman bookbinder at Roycroft Shops, East Aurora, NY 1900.   Photograph by Frances Benjamin Johnson This is our 3rd year offering winter workshops in Seattle. It's a sumptuous way to begin the New Year and yes we bring the snacks, too! Come for a morning of ...
Woman bookbinder at Roycroft Shops, East Aurora, NY 1900.   Photograph by Frances Benjamin Johnson This is our 3rd year offering winter workshops in Seattle. It's a sumptuous way to begin the New Year and yes we bring the...
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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.
Education
  • Harvard University
    Education; Ed.M.
  • University of Oregon
    Poetry: MFA
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
    English / Creative Writing BA
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