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Susan Rich

http://poet.susanrich.net/

Susan Rich is the author of four collections of poetry, including Cloud Pharmacy, The Alchemist’s Kitchen, Cures Include Travel and the Cartographer’s Tongue / Poems of the World all from White Pine Press. She is a co-editor, along with Ilya Kaminsky and Brian Turner, of The Strangest of Theatres: Poets Writing Across Borders and has received awards from 4Culture, PEN USA, The Times Literary Supplement (London), Peace Corps Writers, the Fulbright Foundation, and Washington State Book Awards. Rich’s individual poems have appeared in journals such as the Academy of American Poetry Poem-A-Day, Antioch Review, Harvard Review, Gettysburg Review, New England Review, O Magazine, Women’s Review of Books and Poetry Ireland.

She has worked as a staff person for Amnesty International, an electoral supervisor in Bosnia Herzegovina, and a human rights trainer in Gaza and the West Bank. Rich lived in the Republic of Niger, West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer, later moving to South Africa to teach at the University of Cape Town on a Fulbright Fellowship. She has given poetry readings and taught her work in Bosnia Herzegovina, Ireland, and South Africa. Several of her poems and essays have been translated into Slovenian and Swedish, then published. Along with Kelli Russell Agodon, she directs Poets on the Coast: A Weekend Writing Retreat for Women.

October 2019

October 19

Self Portraits and Persona: Writing About the Self

Before the selfie stick and the youtube channel, there was portraiture. In 1941, Salvador Dali's, "Self Portrait with Fried Bacon" offered the self portrait as an instrument of humor and self mockery while during the Victorian era, death portraits were the rage (posing with a deceased child, spouse, or sibling). Since the Renaissance (and before) self portraits have been a popular art form and more recently the self portrait form has been hijacked by poets. Join us for an afternoon…

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