Suzanne S. Rancourt

Poet, Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Hadley, NY

Author's Bio

     Ms. Rancourt is Abenaki/Huron decent and is a multi-modal Expressive Arts Therapist with graduate degrees and certifications in psychology, creative writing, drug and alcohol recovery. Her first book of poetry, Billboard in the Clouds, Curbstone Press, received the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas First Book Award and is now in its 2nd printing , Norhtwestern University Press. Her second, murmurs at the gate, Unsolicited Press, released May 2019.  Ms. Rancourt's 3rd and 4th manuscripts are currently unpublished.

     Her poetry, non-fiction, and fiction have appeared in Peauxdunque Review, MacQueen's Quinterly, Wend Poetry,The Massachusettes Review, Brickplight, Written Tales,Turtle Island Quarterly, New Feathers Anthology,The Halcyone, Eastern Iowa Review, New Feathers Anthology, Gargoyle Magazine / Paycock Press, The Brooklyn Review, Aji Magazine, Ariel Chart, Northern Woodlands Magazine, Nine Muses Poetry, Typehouse Literary Magazine, Tiny Seed Literary Journal, Chachalaca Review, Straw Dog Writers' Guild - Pandemic Poetry and Prose: Writing in the Time of Corona Project, Ilanaot Review, Cathexis Northwest Press, Pif Magazine, Mizmor Anthology 2020-Poetica Piblishing, Other Worldly Women Press-Summer Anothology 2020, Lucky Jefferson, Rat's Ass Review,  The Wrath-Bearing Tree, Free State Review, Event Magazine, Pangyrus LitMag, Shaking the Sheets Magazine, You Can Hear the Ocean: Anthology, New Readers Magazine, Grey Borders Magazine, Synaeresis, Twist in time, Big Pond Rumours, Women Speak - Woman of Appalachia Project anthology, Quiddity, River Heron Review, Shaking the Sheets, The Gyroscope Review, theSame, Young Ravens Literary Review # 8, Tupelo Press Native Voices Anthology, Bright Hill Press 25th Anniversary Anthology, Dawnland Voices 2.0 #4, Northern New England Review, mgversion2>datura, Slipstream, Collections of Poetry and Prose, Muddy River Poetry Review, Ginosko, Journal of Military Experience, Cimarron Review, Callaloo and more.  Ms. Rancourt's work can be found in a variety of texts books such as this link to a Yale AP text:

Follow this link to read an interview with Suzanne S. Rancourt by THE POET Magazine:

      Ms. Rancourt is a USMC and Army Veteran who continues to serve as a Mentor for the Saratoga County Veterans’ Peer to Peer program. Ms. Rancourt is also an Amherst Writers & Artists Affiliate and trainer. For a more complete list of publications, degrees, professional qualifications, philosophy of practice etc., please, visit her website:

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Native Voices - Indigenous American Poetry, Craft and Conversation (Tupelo Press, 2019)
Dawnland Voices 2.0


Mizmor Anthology (Poetica Publishing Company, 2020)
Tupelo Indigenous Writers Anthology (Tupelo Press, 2019)
Like Light - 25 years of poetry & prose by Bright Hill Press & writers (Bright Hill Press, 2018)
Dawnland Voices - An Anthology of Indigenous Writing from New England (University of Nebraska Press, 2014)
Letters to Fathers from Daughters: A Pathway to Healing and Hope (Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, 2007)
Sister Nations: Native American Women Writers on Community (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2002)
Through the Eye of the Deer: An Anthology of Native American Women Writers (Aunt Lute Books, 1999)
The Senior Issues Collection: Family Issues (McGraw-Hill, 1995)
Returning the Gift: Poetry and Prose from the First North American Native (University of Arizona Press, 1994)
Billboard in the Clouds (Northwestern University Press, 2019)
murmurs at the gate (Unsolicited Press, 2019)
Billboard in the Clouds (Curbstone Press, 2004)
Aji Magazine
Ariel Chart
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Cathexis Northwest Press
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Dawnland Voices 2.0
Door is a Jar Magazine
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Grey Borders Magazine
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Journal of Military Experience
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MacQueen’s Quinterly
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Muddy River Poetry Review
Nine Muses Poetry
Northern Woodlands
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Poet Magazine
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The Brooklyn Review
The Wrath-Bearing Tree
Tiny Seed Literary Journal
Turtle Island Quarterly
Typehouse Literary Magazine
Prizes won: 

Native Writers' Circle of the Americas First Book Award, Billboard in the Clouds

NY State Writers' Institute: Fiction Anonymous juried selection to participate 2015 lead by James Lasdun

NY State Writers' Institute: Memoir and CNF Anonymous juried selection to participate 2017 lead by James Lasdun


Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Robbe-Grillet, Beckett, Ionesco, Harjo, Ai, Youngbear

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Native American
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Born in: 
Farmington, ME
Raised in: 
Temple, ME
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Last update: Sep 08, 2020