Suzanne Cleary

Suzanne Cleary’s poetic voice is “elegant, discursive, and tough,” as described by Judith Vollmer in The Women’s Review of Books. Her most recent book, Crude Angel (BkMk Press 2018), was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and the Kessler Poetry Award.  Beauty Mark (BkMk 2013) won the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry. Her previous collections are Keeping Time and Trick Pear (Carnegie Mellon UP, 2002 and 2007). Suzanne is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America, a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and residencies at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. Her publication credits include the journals Poetry London, Georgia Review, and Poetry International, and anthologies including Best American Poetry and Poetry 180. She holds an M.A. in Writing from Washington University and a Ph.D. in Literature and Criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Former editor of Slapering Hol Press and standing member of its Advisory Committee, Suzanne teaches as core faculty in the Converse College low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing. Her website is