Susan Deer Cloud is a mixed lineage Catskill Indian who first and foremost thinks of herself as a human being and child of the universe. 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 (When Spirits Visit; Poetry of Resistance; The Border Crossed Us, an Anthology to End Apartheid; Mo' Joe Anthology; Gathered Light, the Poetry of Joni Mitchell's Songs; Unraveling the Spreading Cloth of Time: Indigenous Thoughts Concerning the Universe Native 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; Helicon Nine Reader; Comstock Review; Sin Fronteras; Oddball Magazine; Verse-Virtual; Red Rock Review; Rat's Ass Review; About Place; 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; Spoonful; Rosebud; Stone Canoe; Paterson Literary Review, The Mas Tequila Review, La Bloga, etc.).
Deer Cloud's most recent books are Before Language and Hunger Moon (Shabda Press); Fox Mountain, The Last Ceremony and 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 also edited the Re-matriation Chapbook Series of indigenous Poetry via FHP.
Susan Deer Cloud can be contacted for readings, talks and panels at email@example.com or via Facebook message.