Born in Long Beach, California, Susan Browne has lived most of her life in the Bay Area. Her poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, The Southern Review, Subtropics, River City, The Mississippi Review, Gargoyle, Margie, American Life in Poetry, Writer’s Almanac, and other literary journals and anthologies, such as 180 More, Extraordinary Poems for Everyday, edited by Billy Collins, and Ordinary Genius by Kim Addonizio. Her awards include prizes from the Chester H. Jones Foundation, the National Writer’s Union, the Los Angeles Poetry Festival, and the River Styx International Poetry Contest. Her work was nominated for a Pushcart Award. Selected as the winner of The Four Way Books Prize by Edward Hirsch, her first book, Buddha’s Dogs, was published in 2004. Her second book of poetry, Zephyr, was published in fall, 2010, winning the Editor’s Prize at Steel Toe Books. She also has a word/music CD with poet Kim Addonizio, Swearing, Smoking, Drinking, & Kissing, available from cdbaby.com.

Susan teaches writing and literature at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California, and her own poetry workshops online.