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Susan Casey
2006 Jack Straw Writers Program

Susan Casey is a poet and college instructor in Seattle. Her poems have appeared in local, regional, and national journals, including Many Mountains Moving, Crab Creek Review, StringTown and Bayou, as well as on Seattle's buses. She has presented her poetry at the 2002 Washington Poets Association Conference and the 2004 Washington Technical and Community College Humanities Association Conference. She has been a featured reader in the "Writers in the Gallery" Reading Series at the University of West Florida and has given local readings at Ravenna Third Place Books, the Frye Art Museum, and Epilogue Books. Before moving to Seattle in 1999, she spent two years teaching English to junior high school students in Chiba City, Japan, and a year working inside the Space Mountain and Peter Pan rides at Disneyland Paris.

Susan's poems take on a range of subjects, including thesmokehouse in the Poconos where her Slovak grandfather made kolbasi sausages for sixty years, the breezy school hallways in Japan where she and her students chatted during cleaning time, and the intimate workings of a heart engaging with loved ones and the world. A few lines from Stanley Kunitz's poem "Touch Me" sum up the feeling she hopes to capture in her own work: "What makes the machine go?/Desire, desire, desire."

Listen to Susan Casey's live reading in the 2006 May Reading Series. Click here to hear the podcast.

Photo by Dean Wong
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