Susan Laughter Meyers


Summerville, SC 29484
(843) 821-9238

Author's Bio

Susan Laughter Meyers is the author of My Dear, Dear Stagger Grass, released in August 2013 as the inaugural winner of the Cider Press Review Editors' Prize. In earlier drafts it was a finalist for the National Poetry Series, Prairie Schooner Book Prize, and Robert Dana Anhinga Prize. Her book Keep and Give Away (University of South Carolina Press, 2006) received the South Carolina Poetry Book Prize, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Book Award for Poetry, and the Brockman-Campbell Book Award. Her chapbook Lessons in Leaving (1998) won the Persephone Press Book Award. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals, including The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, Beloit Poetry Journal, Crazyhorse, and jubilat, as well as the online sites Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry column. A long-time writing instructor with an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte, Meyers teaches poetry workshops and classes in area community programs. She is a past president of the poetry societies of both North and South Carolina. Her awards include fellowships from the SC Academy of Authors and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA).

Publications & Prizes

The Doll Collection (Terrapin Books, 2016)
The World Is Charged: Poetic Engagements with Gerard Manley Hopkins (Clemson University Press, 2016)
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Intimacy (Jacar Press, 2015)
The Southern Poetry Anthology, Vol VII: North Carolina (Texas Review Press, 2015)
Seeking: Poetry and Prose Inspired by the Art of Jonathan Green (University of South Carolina Press, 2013)
Seven Strong: A South Carolina Poetry Book Prize Reader, 2006-2012 (University of South Carolina Press, 2013)
What Matters (Jacar Press, 2013)
and love (Jacar Press, 2012)
Prime Number Magazine Editors' Selections, Vol. I (Press 53, 2012)
Boomtown anthology: Queens University of Charlotte (Press 53, 2011)
The Sound of Poets Cooking (Jacar Press, 2010)
Eating Her Wedding Dress (Ragged Sky Press, 2009)
Kakalak 2009 (Kakalak Poetry, 2009)
Aftershocks: The Poetry of Recovery from Life Shattering Events (Sante Lucia Books, 2008)
Kakalak 2008 (Kakalak Poetry, 2008)
Letters to the World: Poems from the Wom-Po Listserv (Red Hen Press, 2008)
The Southern Poetry Anthology: South Carolina (Texas Review Press, 2008)
Kakalak 2007 (Main Street Rag, 2007)
Kakalak 2006 (Main Street Rag, 2006)
A Millennial Sampler of South Carolina Poetry (Ninety-Six Press, 2005)
Word & Witness (Carolina Academic Press, 1999)
My Dear, Dear Stagger Grass (Cider Press Review, 2013)
Keep and Give Away (University of South Carolina Press, 2006)
Lessons in Leaving (Persephone Press, 1998)
Prizes won: 

--Cider Press Review Editors Prize
--SC Poetry Book Prize
--SIBA Book Award for Poetry
--Brockman-Campbell Book Award
--Persephone Press Book Award
--Prairie Schooner’s Edward Stanley
Award, 2013
--SC Academy of Authors' Carrie McCray Nickens Poetry Fellowship, 2013
--Verna Ubben VCCA Fellowship, 2011
--Yemassee’s Pocataligo Poetry
--Crucible’s Sam Ragan Prize
--Several nominations for the
Pushcart Prize

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Albemarle and Greenville, NC
North Carolina
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Last update: Oct 04, 2016