Susan Elbe


Madison, WI

Author's Bio

Susan is the author of two full-length poetry collections, The Map of What Happened, which won the 2012 Backwaters Press book prize and the Jacar Press Julie Suk Prize, and Eden in the Rearview Mirror (Word Poetry). She also has two chapbooks, Light Made from Nothing (Parallel Press) and Where Good Swimmers Drown (Concrete Wolf Press). She lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Susan has served on the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission and the Council for Wisconsin Writers Board of Directors.

Publications & Prizes

Echolocations: Poets Map Madison (Cowfeather Press, 2013)
The Heart of All That Is: Reflections on Home (Holy Cow! Press, 2013)
A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poems (University of Akron Press, 2012)
City of the Big Shoulders: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry (University of Iowa Press, 2012)
Love Over 60: an anthology of women's poems (Mayapple Press, 2010)
Eating the Pure Light: Homage to Thomas McGrath (Backwaters Press, 2009)
Cadence of Hooves: A Celebration of Horses (Yarroway Mountain Press, 2008)
On Retirement: 75 Poems (University of Iowa Press, 2007)
Family Matters: Poems of Our Families (Bottom Dog Press, 2005)
Kiss Me Goodnight: Stories and Poems (Syren Press, 2005)
A Fierce Brightness: Twenty-five Years of Women's Poetry (Calyx Books, 2003)
The Map of What Happened (Backwaters Press, 2013)
Eden in the Rearview Mirror (Word Press, 2007)
Light Made from Nothing (Parallel Press, 2003)
Where Good Swimmers Drown (Concrete Wolf, 2012)
88: A Journal of Contemporary American Poetry
After Hours
Atlanta Review
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Crab Orchard Review
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Verse Wisconsin
Zocalo Public Square
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2012 Backwaters Press Book Prize, Jacar Press Julie Suk Prize, Concrete Wolf Press Chapbook Prize, 7th Annual Oneiros Press Broadside Competition, CALYX Inaugural Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize, 2006 Lorine Niedecker Award, fellowships to Vermont Studio Center and Virginia Center for Creative Arts.

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Chicago, IL
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Last update: Dec 15, 2016