Biography

Susan Tichy is the author of six books, most recently The Avalanche Path in Summer (2019), a muscle-memory of a life in mountains, and Trafficke (2015), a mixed-form investigation of family, race, and language spanning from Reformation Scotland to the abolition of slavery in Maryland. Both are from Ahsahta Press. She has written extensively about war and its human consequences, including the volumes Gallowglass (Ahsahta, 2010), Bone Pagoda (Ahsahta, 2007), and A Smell of Burning Starts the Day (Wesleyan, 1988). Her first book The Hands in Exile (Random House, 1983) was selected for the National Poetry Series. Her work has been published in the US, UK, and Australia, and been recognized by a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Pushcart Prize, a Chad Walsh Poetry Prize, an Indiana Review Poetry Prize, a Quarter After Eight award for innovative prose, a ForeWord Review Book-of-the-Year Bronze Medal (for Gallowglass), and numerous other awards, as well as residencies in the US and Scotland. Her solo and collaborative tea moons, visual poems, and artist’s books have been exhibited in Virginia, New York, London, and Cairo. She has served on funding panels for the Colorado Council on the Arts & Humanities, the Massachusetts Artist Fellowship Program, the Illinois Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of Poetry Daily. Since 1976, she has spent all or part of every year in Colorado. Recently retired from 31 years teaching in George Mason University’s MFA & BFA programs, she now divides her time between Colorado Springs and her self-designed and hand-built solar-heated cabin near Westcliffe.

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