Susan Deer Cloud is a mixed lineage Catskill Indian of Mohawk/Blackfoot & some Seneca lineage. Although she grew up in mountain isolation in the old way, she has traveled extensively and lived abroad. She has a B.A. and M.A. in Literature & Creative Writing from Binghamton University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She has taught as a lecturer at Binghamton University, Broome Community College, and Holyoke Community College, as well as given poetry readings, conducted Creative Writing workshops and served on panels at universities, AWP Conferences, cultural centers and other venues.
Deer Cloud has received various awards and fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, two New York State Foundation for the Arts Fellowships (most recent one a 2011 NYFA 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. Her poems “Car Stealer” and “Ode to O Holy Nights in Liberty, NY” were finalist and semi-finalist in Many Mountains Moving Poetry Competition (“Car Stealer” is the title poem of one of her books) and three of her poems were Honorable Mentions in Winning Writers Anti-War Contest.
Deer Cloud’s poems, stories, and essays have been published in numerous journals and anthologies (Gathered Light, the Poetry of Joni Mitchell's Songs; Unraveling the Spreading Cloth of Time: Indigenous Thoughts Concerning the Universe anthology; Adrienne Rich, a Tribute Anthology; Wordcraft Circle's Returning the Gift Anthology; Sister Nations: an Anthology of Native Women Writers on Community; Unsettling America & Identity Lessons multicultural anthologies; Syracuse Downtown Writers Center AnthologY; Ladyfest*East Anthology; Susquehanna Water Anthology; The Body Anthology; Paterson Literary Review; Helicon Nine Reader, Florida Review; American Indian Culture & Research Journal; Yellow Medicine Review: a Journal of Indigenous Literature, Thought & Art; Poet Lore; To Topos (Poetry International); Mid-American Review; Ms. Magazine; Prairie Schooner; Many Mountains Moving; North Dakota Quarterly; Quarterly West; Earth’s Daughters; Shenandoah; Blood Lotus; Exquisite Corpse; Pembroke Magazine; Chiron Review; Sentence; Stone Soup's Spoonful; Rosebud; Stone Canoe; Paterson Literary Review, The Mas Tequila Review, La Bloga, etc.).
Deer Cloud's most recent books are Hunger Moon, Fox Mountain; The Last Ceremony; Car Stealer (FootHills Publishing); and Braiding Starlight (Split Oak Press). She has edited three anthologies (Confluence and I Was Indian (Before Being Indian Was Cool: an Anthology of Native Literature I & ll (FootHills Publishing), plus the 2008 Spring Issue of Yellow Medicine, a Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art & Thought. She is also editing the Re-matriation Chapbook Series of indigenous Poetry via FHP.
Deer Cloud's life is dedicated to her creative work, editing and getting out the voices of sister and brother writers (especially indigenous writers), mentoring younger poets, teaching, and sharing her stories and poetry with others. The guiding symbol for her life is the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Sky Woman Creation Story and the Iroquois Confederacy's Tree of Peace; for this reason whatever she says and does takes into account the next seven generations to come.
Susan Deer Cloud can be contacted for readings, talks and panels at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook message.