Susan Kay Anderson

Susan Kay Anderson's Fundraiser

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My poems can make a difference!

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Hello Friends!

I am participating in Tupelo Press' 30/30 Project for June, 2021. This fundraiser for the press gives me a chance to experience writing in marathon mode. A poem-a-thon of sorts and a chance for my creative expression to be shared with a international readership!

This is what's happening and how you could offer your support:

Tupelo Press provides the canvas, I bring my words, accompanied by other fine poets, writing thirty poems in thirty days. My poems will be posted daily. These poems will be a surprise--to me as well as to you!

Every dollar gives me confidence to write more, and helps the press place more poems in gorgeous books. Help me to help this distinguished press. Give today!

Thanks so much! 30/30 poems have been taken by over 90 journals and featured in over 40 published chapbooks, all so Tupelo Press can keep publishing exquisite and diverse voices that might never be heard otherwise.

If you donate $50 you get a copy of Mezzanine and Please Plant This Book Coast To Coast mailed to you! You can donate anonymously and leave your mailing information with the press if you wish or on the donation tab/form.

Some samples of my work--

Here are some samples from my book of poems, Mezzanine (Finishing Line Press, 2019):

from my long poem, "Mezzanine":

I work graveyard shift cleaning a building on the university campus. It is the Architecture and Allied Arts building. In my job as a custodian, sometimes, rounding a corner, I feel as if I’ve rounded that corner a million times and also never. There is also the matter of the mezzanine. It hangs beneath a floor, or it can be up a short flight of stairs. A mezzanine may have a balcony. If you are a person standing outside a room

and you want to go to the mezzanine

first you need to find it

and once you are there

you may not realize

that you have found

a place to look up, out, and back.

The grey cement floors become a shiny cave, my dust mop is a bear’s fur that leaves the place polished with a sheen of Baerenschliffe, bear shimmer that beautifies and brings in more light. My mind is a butterfly. Dreams are being made of nothing but paper, glue, and paperboard materials all around.

This is a long poem at the end of Mezzanine, "Man's West Once":
Poet's Statement: This poem was written for Justin Hocking’s Wilderness Writing course at Eastern Oregon University in 2016 when I was studying for my M.F.A. in Poetry.

My new book just got published:
Description. PREORDER SHIPS MAY 7, 2021. Please Plant This Book Coast To Coast. by Susan Kay Anderson. $23.99, Memoir, Full-length, paper 978-1-64662-487-4. 2021. RESERVE YOUR COPY TODAY. Susan Kay Anderson was born in Wichita. She grew up in Nome, Schurz, Reno, Missoula, Germany, and other places.

Here are some recently published poems:

Susan Kay AndersonAlways Eugene The air runs off the river. All spaceshave given in to dreaming shadows between here and the cedarlengthening my love for Eugene. This is howit always begins with me…

Tipping but not falling/ a little tilt and it became creamier—/ a cave holding light. How it melted then/ and

I see there is a strict part in the wavy hair of blue green that says noon has happened went by as you were searching for where your wrist would want it ticking where it would fit your life just perfect. Never taking it off even in bed just to keep track so it could scratch up all the sheets the sk

Susan Kay Anderson writes from Oregon's Umpqua River Basin; oak savannah with fir/pine/ camas swales and small creeks. She is the author of a book of poems, Mezzanine (2019), and Please Plant This Book Coast To Coast (2021), Virginia Brautigan Aste's memoir. Her work can be found in recent issues of Heron Tree, Indolent Books--A River Sings, Insert Zine, Insurrection Anthology from Gnashing Teeth, Panoplyzine,Trouvaille Review and is forthcoming in Barrow Street Journal, Heron Tree.