Susan Kelly-DeWitt


Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 717-0181

Author's Bio

Susan Kelly-DeWitt is the author of Gatherer's Alphabet (Gunpoowder Press Califonria Poets Prize, 2022), Gravitational Tug (Main Street Rag Publishing 2020), Spider Season (Cold River Press, 2016) and nine previous poetry collections, including The Fortunate Islands (Marick Press, 2008.) A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, her work has appeared in numerous journals at home and abroad, and in national and regional anthologies such as The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (Autumn House Press) and Highway 99 (Heyday Books), among many others. She has been featured at Wordstock, and on Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily and Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry. For more information please visit her website at:

Publications & Prizes

City of the Big Shoulders (University of Iowa Press, 2012)
A Bird as Black as the Sun: California Poets on Crows and Ravens (Green Poet Press, 2011)
Fog and Woodsmoke (Lost Hills Books, 2011)
The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, 2nd edition (Autumn House Press, 2011)
When She Named Fire: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by American Women (Autumn House Press, 2011)
From The Other World: Poems in Memory of James Wright (Lost Hills Books, 2008)
O Taste and See (Bottom Dog Press, 2003)
Claiming the Spirit WIthin (Beacon Press, 1997)
I've Always Meant to Tell You: Letters to our Mothers (Pocket Books, 1997)
Highway 99 (Heyday Books, 1996)
Words and Quilts (Quilt Digest Press, 1996)
The Fortunate Islands (Marick Press, 2008)
Cassiopeia Above the Banyan Tree (Rattlesnake Press, 2007)
The Land (Rattlesnake Press, 2005)
Susan Kelly-DeWitt's Greatest Hits (Pudding House Publications, 2003)
The Book of Insects (Spruce Street Press, 2003)
Feather's Hand (Swan Scythe Press, 2000)
A Camellia for Judy (Frith Press, 1998)
Season of Change (Mudlark, 2012)
The Limbo Suite (Mudlark, 2009)
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Honolulu, HI
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Last update: May 15, 2022