This week meet one of my favorite poets and one of the most beautiful souls in this world, Susan Deer Cloud. Susan is a mixed lineage Catskill Mountain Indian who has traveled to and sojourned in many places. She has a B.A. & M.A. in Literature/Creative Writing from Binghamton University and an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Goddard College. She has taught literature and creative writing at the college level. Deer Cloud has been awarded various prizes, fellowships and awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, 2 New York State Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowships, an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, a Chenango County Council for the Arts Individual Artist’s Grant, Allen Ginsberg 1st Prize in Poetry (twice) & Prairie Schooner’s Readers’ Choice Prize in Poetry . Her books includethe stunning Hunger Mountain (Shabda Press 2014), Fox Mountain (Foothills Publishing, 2013), I Was Indian Before Being Indian Was Cool, I & I (Foothills Publishing, 2012), Braiding Starlight (Split Oak Press, 2010), Car Stealer(Foothills Publishing, 2009), and The Last Ceremony (Foothills Publishing, 2007).
Hunger Mountain (Seriously, you need to own this book!)
Shabda Press: http://www.shabdapress.com/susan-deer-cloud.html
Buy Hunger Mountain!
Praise for Hunger Mountain
“Native American poet Susan Deer Cloud is the master of the long lament, and Hunger Moon is her mournful and magical masterpiece. The work is a song of celebration, but at times her pen becomes a low-sounding cedar flute, searching for that sorrowful note at the bottom of all the holes. When Deer Cloud lets loose one of her salty soliloquies about her mixed lineage mountain people and their exuberant and long-suffering lives, she clears the deck and points the finger at us all. But none of the colorful characters that inhabit Hunger Moon receive more poetic punishment than the poet herself. She wields a self-deprecating style of humor that goes beyond the call of humility. Deer Cloud digs deeper into the back-country Catskill mud she flings to find momentary marvels of wisdom and insight that are simply stunning … sentences of solid gold. At those moments … and there are many … readers will feel they have discovered genius and perhaps touched immortality.”–Evan Pritchard, poet and professor of Native Studies (Marist, Pace, Vassar, etc.) and author of No Word For Time, Bird Medicine, Native New Yorkers.
Find Susan’s Other Books!
I WAS INDIAN (Before Being Indian Was Cool): An Anthology of Indigenous Poetry, Volume II http://foothillspublishing.com/2013/id58.htm
I WAS INDIAN (Before Being Indian Was Cool): an Anthology of Indigenous Poetry, Volume I
The Last Ceremony
In the Moon when the Deer Lose Their Horns
(Clements, Susan) 🙂 The first book I ever read by this poet, back in 1993 🙂
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Happy Reading, y’all!
Susan’s the real deal!