Susan Kay Anderson

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Sutherlin, OR
Oregon US

Author's Bio

Susan Kay Anderson is the author of Mezzanine (Finishing Line Press, 2019), a book of poems featuring her work as a graveyard-shift custodian at a university, which was her MFA thesis from Eastern Oregon University. She is the recipient of an Oregon Young Writers Award, a Jovanovich Award, fellowships from the University of Colorado, Telluride Writers, Aspen Writers, Ragdale, and stipends from the Student Conservation Association, AFS –Finland, and Study Abroad-Tuebingen University.  Her poetry has been short-listed for numerous manuscript publication prizes. She was the poetry editor of Big Talk in Eugene, Oregon, a free publication which showcased up-and-coming NW punk bands, published by Hank Trotter. Anderson earned degrees in anthropology from the University of Oregon (BS) and English Literature & Creative Writing from the University of Colorado-Boulder (MA). Anderson worked in Hawaii as an educator and interviewed Virginia Brautigan Aste; this project and its resulting memoir, Please Plant This Book Coast To Coast, is available from Finishing Line Press.  


She has poems in recent issues of:  Barrow Street ReviewCalibanonline, Cathexis Northwest Press, Gnashing Teeth, Heron Tree, Indoldent Books--A River SingsLily Poetry Review, Mojave River Review, Madness Muse, Panoplyzine, Rudderless Mariner, Sleet Magazine, Trouvaille Review, Voice Lux, and other places. 

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Please Plant This Book Coast to Coast (Finishing Line Press, 2021)


Mezzanine (Finishing Line Press, 2019)
Prizes won: 

Oregon Young Writers Award, Fellowship from the University of Colorado, Jovanovich Award, Ed Dorn Archival Support Fellowship

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American, German American, Norwegian American
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Wichita, KS
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Last update: Apr 25, 2021