Susan Elbe is the author of The Map of What Happened, winner of the 2012 Backwaters Press Prize and the Jacar Press 2014 Julie Suk prize for the best book of poetry published by an independent press in 2013. She has one other full-length collection, Eden in the Rearview Mirror (Word Poetry), as well as two chapbooks, Where Good Swimmers Drown, winner of the 2011 Concrete Wolf Press Chapbook Prize, and Light Made from Nothing (Parallel Press).
Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in many literary journals and anthologies, including Blackbird, Crab Orchard Review, Diode, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, online at Verse Daily, A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poems, eds. Oliver de la Paz and Stacey Lynn Brown (The University of Akron Press), and A Fierce Brightness: Twenty-five Years of Women’s Poetry (Calyx Books).
Susan has previously served on the Council for Wisconsin Writers Board of Directors and on the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission. She currently co-curates the Bridge Poetry Reading Series with three other poets in collaboration with the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison. You can learn more about her at www.susanelbe.com.
Winner of Goodreads June Contest. Appeared in the June 2011 Newsletter online.
Once Not, Now Broken
First appeared in Diode, Vol. 5, No. 3 (Fall 2012)