Spotlight on writer Suzanne Cleary/ Pushcart Prize Nominee

Lightwood congratulates writer Suzanne Cleary on her nomination for a Pushcart Prize for her poem, “To the Person at the Zoom Poetry Reading, Unmuted, Doing Hand Laundry, June, 20, 2020.” The poem was first published in Lightwood’s March 21, 2022 issue. Ms. Cleary is an exceptional and widely published poet, and we’re honored to have her work among the other fine writers and artists in Lightwood. You can read this poem here on Lightwood by scrolling the poet or the title at our Search Button on the Home Page or on the Literature/Poetry link.


Suzanne Cleary’s most recent poetry books are Crude Angel, published in 2018 by BkMk Press (U of Missouri-Kansas City), and Beauty Mark (BkMk Press 2013), selected by Kevin Prufer for the John Ciardi Prize. Recipient of a Pushcart Prize, Suzanne’s other awards include the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America, the Troubadour International Poetry Prize (2nd Prize), and fellowships from MacDowell and Yaddo. Her poems appear on PBS and in anthologies including Best American Poetry, journals including New Ohio Review and Poetry London. She is Core Faculty in the MFA in Creative Writing Program of Converse College. She was one of one of four finalists for 2021 THE MOTH Poetry Prize . Her website is 

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