Suzanne Ondrus


Chagrin Falls, OH
Ohio US

Author's Bio

Suzanne Ondrus'  first book, Passion Seeds, won the 2013 Vernice Quebodeaux Pathways Poetry Prize for Women and was published by Little Red Tree Publishing (2014). Her chapbook Death of an Unvirtuous Woman came out October, 2022 from Finishing Line Press; it is about domestic violence and domestic homicide concerning a real German immigrant couple from 1881 in Ohio. She won the 2013 Reed Magazine Markham Poetry Prize (May 2014 issue) and was also the runner-up for the Little Red Tree 2013 International Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in Slab, Long River Review, Frigg, Colere, JENDA, the LaLorna Anthology, Through a Distant Lens: Travel Poems, and the Romanian journal Nazar Look, Bohemia, Route7, CV2, and Long River Review. Her recent work is in Visitant, S/tick and New Square.  Her critical reviews of poetry books are published in Pleiades, Gently Read Literature, and Review Revue.She is a poet whose work explores cultural identity, language and the drama of the human condition. Language and cultural immersion shape Suzanne’s artistic vision; she has lived in Russia, Benin, Uganda, Italy and Germany. She was a 2018-2020 Fulbright Scholar to Burkina Faso in West Africa. Suzanne received her Ph.D in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Connecticut, with focus on African women’s epistolary. She holds an M.F.A. from Bowling Green State University (OH), an M.A. from Binghamton University (NY) and B.A. from Wells College (NY).  She does diversity, equity, and inclusion, nonviolent communication and gender equity trainings.

Publications & Prizes

Passion Seeds (Little Red Tree Publishing, 2014)
Prizes won: 

Gordon Square Literary Journal's 2022 Ohio Prose Contest Runner Up

Geauga Park District's 2022 Prose Winner

The 2013 Vernice Quebodeaux Pathways Poetry Prize for Women,

The 2013 Reed Magazine Markham Poetry Prize,

Runner-up for the Little Red Tree 2013 International Poetry Prize.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Anne Sexton, Nizar Qabbani, Mario Benedetti, Frederico Garcia Lorca,
What I'm reading now: 
Throw In the Throat by Benjamin Garcia, My Body is a Book of Rules by Elissa Washuta, La Casa De Trotsky by Cristian Gomez Olivares, Testamentos by Juan Manuel Roca

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Feminist, Lithuanian American, Other
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, At Risk Youth, Homelessness, Immigration, LGBTQ, Seniors, Teachers, Women
Fluent in: 
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Born in: 
Willoughby, OH
Raised in: 
Chagrin Falls, OH
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Last update: Feb 24, 2023