Suzanne Lummis


Los Angeles, CA 90042-2928

Author's Bio

Individual poems have appeared in New Ohio Review, Hotel Amerika, The Hudson Review, The Antioch Review, Ploughshares, Plume and The New Yorker. My ms. "Open 24 Hours" won The Blue Lynx Poetry Prize and was published by Lynx House Press in 2014. I have an interest in Noir -- film noir and the poem noir -- and my essay "(Never)Out of the Past: Noir and the Poetry of Lynda Hull" appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books. My defining essay, "The Poem Noir--Too Dark to Be Depressed," was published by New Mexico's Malpais Review. I am co-publisher of a new imprint, The Pacific Coast Poetry Series/ Beyond Baroque Books, and editor of its first publication, "Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond," named of the 10 best books of the year in The Los Angeles Times' year-end issue. I have taught for many years through the UCLA Extension Writers' program, poetry workshops beginning through advanced, as well as special focus courses on the persona poem and the poem noir. produces my series on film noir and the poets influenced by this sensibility, "They Write by Night," accessible at ("Themed Series") and on YouTube. 

Publications & Prizes

Monster Verse: Poems Human and Inhuman (Knopf, 2015)
Killer Verse (Knopf, 2011)
California Poetry from the Goldrush to the Present (Heyday Books, 2004)
Poems of the American West (Knopf, 2002)
Open 24 Hours (Lynx House Press, 2014)
In Danger (Roundhouse Press, 1999)
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Hotel Amerika
Hudson Review
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Prizes won: 

Drama-Logue Awards for Playwriting in 1987 and 1989. Blue Lynx Poetry Prize for ms. "Open 24 Hours" pub. 2014.  Beyond Baroque's George Drury Smith Outstanding Achievement in Poetry Award, 2015
2018/19 Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department COLA (City of Los Angeles) fellow, with endowment to create a new body of work

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Fiction & essays: Joan Didion, Raymond Chandler, George Orwell. Novelists: Iris Murdoch, Graham Greene, Dennis Lehane. Poets: Sylvia Plath, Cesar Vallejo, Philip Levine, Robert Hayden, Richard Hugo, Patricia Smith, Denis Johnson
What I'm reading now: 
The Mueller Report by Robert Mueller, Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, The Flesh, and L.A. by Eve Babitz, Every Ravening Thing - poetry by Marsha de la O

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European American
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Born in: 
San Francisco, CA
Raised in: 
Sierra Nevada Mountains, CA
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Last update: Jun 10, 2019