October 11th: Susan Deer Cloud Returns

Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery at 106 Prospect Street with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m. On October 11th, we celebrate the return of Susan Deer Cloud.

Susan Deer Cloud is a M├ętis Catskill Native of Mohawk/Blackfoot and some Seneca lineage. She has received various awards and fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, a New York State Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a Chenango County Council for the Arts Literature Grant, First Prize in Allen Ginsberg Poetry Competition (twice), Prairie Schooner’s Readers’ Choice Award, and Native American Wordcraft Circle Editor’s Award for her multicultural anthology Confluence.

Deer Cloud’s poems and stories have been published in numerous journals and anthologies (Sister Nations: an Anthology of Native Women Writers on Community, Unsettling America & Identity Lessons multicultural anthologies, American Indian Culture & Research Journal, Yellow Medicine Review, To Topos (Poetry International), Mid-American Review, Poet Lore, Spoonful, Ms. Magazine, Prairie Schooner, Many Mountains Moving, North Dakota Quarterly, Quarterly West, Earth’s Daughters, Shenandoah, Exquisite Corpse, Pembroke Magazine, Stone Canoe, Paterson Literary Review, Helicon Nine, etc.).

She has edited multicultural Confluence and Native anthology I Was Indian (Before Being Indian Was Cool), plus the 2008 Spring Issue of Yellow Medicine, a Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art & Thought (she is now an adviser to Yellow Medicine). Currently she is editing the Re-Matriation Chapbook Series of Native Poetry being brought out by FootHills.

Deer Cloud’s most recent books are The Last Ceremony and Car Stealer (FootHills Publishing) and her collection of poems, Braiding Starlight, is forthcoming from Split Oak Press. Her Persian cat with a Chinese name, Wu Wei, purrs when Susan reads her Indian poetry in the middle of the starry nights.