SUSAN F. GLASSMEYER
OHIO POET OF THE YEAR—2018
Judged this year on the merits of Invisible Fish, the Ohio Poetry Day Association has granted this award annually since 1976. Poet Mary Oliver received the award in 1980 for her book Twelve Moons.
Susan F. Glassmeyer has been imagining poems since childhood when her Kentucky grandfather explained the language and meaning of train whistles. Her sensitive lyrics and courageous narratives are rooted in both personal and transpersonal experience. Because Susan’s poems are grounded in the sensory life of “the body”, they ring true for readers engaged with the world as it is - with all its grief and sorrow as well as its beauty and joy.
Invisible Fish, published in 2018 by Dos Madres Press, is Susan's first full-length poetry collection. Other publications include two chapbooks: Body Matters (Pudding House Publications, 2010) and Cook’s Luck (Finishing Line Press, 2012). Individual poems have found homes in these and other journals: Rattle, Naugatuck River Review, Sixfold, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, Dunes Review, The GHAZAL Page, Rogue Agent, Gratefulnes.Org, and Ohio Poetry Association anthologies.
In a decade-long project, Susan created April Gifts for National Poetry Month, sharing with readers her colorful annotated presentations of select poems by 300 poets who have inspired her. Susan is a longtime member of the Greater Cincinnati Writers League. She serves as co-director of the Holistic Health Center of Cincinnati where she works as a somatic therapist and Feldenkrais® practitioner, helping people restore the poetry of presence and movement in their lives and bodies.
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