Suzanne Lummis Biography

Suzanne Lummis' poems appear in the anthologies California Poetry from the Gold Rush to the Present (Heyday Books), Poems of the American West (Knopf), Poetry Daily (Sourcebooks), Place as Purpose: Poetry of the Western States (Autry/Sun & Moon), Stand Up Poetry and in major literary publications in the US and UK. She has recent or forthcoming poems in The Hudson Review, Ploughshares and Pool. Her last collection, In Danger, was part of The California Poetry Series (Heyday Books/Roundhouse Press). She’s completed a new manuscript, Open 24 Hours. She teaches several levels of poetry through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program including a course she developed “Poetry and the Movies: The Poem Noir.” In 2006 she taught “L.A. Stories,” fiction and film, at Emerson College in Burbank.


Poetry Flash, the principal literary newspaper of the American West, introduced a feature-length interview with this description: “As poet, influential teacher, poetic instigator and member of the performance group Nearly Fatal Women, Suzanne Lummis cuts a kind of diva-impresario figure on the L.A. literary scene—and the city provides a haunting backdrop for her forceful driven poems”.