The Blue Heron Speaks Featured Poet for December 2015 is Susan Rich

Susan Rich

Welcome to the December 2015 Blue Heron Speaks feature! Our guest author this month is the beautiful, soulful poet, Susan Rich. Her latest poetry collection is Cloud Pharmacy (White Pine Press, 2014). Susan Rich’s poems evoke a musical melding of the unknowable and the rich, textured details of the tangible world. You can just touch the red velvet stars in her lyrical lines. You can taste the Boston egg creams. In these beautifully crafted poems, Rich reminds us that we are holy beings, that our lives are sacred and mystical.

Please visit the Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author page to read three poems from Cloud Pharmacy.

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(photo credit Kelli Russell Agodon)

Susan Rich is the author of four collections of poetry including Cloud Pharmacy, and The Alchemist’s Kitchen, which was a Finalist for the Foreword Prize and the Washington State Book Award. Her poems have been published by many journals including in the Antioch Review, Gettysburg Review, Harvard Review, Poetry Northwest, Poetry Ireland, The Southern Review, and World Literature Today. Susan’s other books include Cures Include Travel (2006) and The Cartographer’s Tongue (2000) winner of the PEN USA Award and the Peace Corps Writers Award. She is a recipient of awards from Artists Trust, 4 Culture, The Times Literary Review Award, Seattle Mayor’s Award of Cultural Affairs and the Fulbright Foundation. She teaches at Highline College and lives in Seattle, WA. Find out more about this author at her website:

Cloud Pharmacy (White Pine Press, 2014)

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