Winner of the 2012 John Ciardi Prize for Poetry from the University of Missouri, Kansas City
Winner of the 2012 Emerging Writer Fellowship for Poetry from The Writer's Center, Bethesda, MD
Suzanne Cleary was born and raised in Binghamton, New York. She is the author of the poetry books Keeping Time (2002) and Trick Pear (2007), both published by Carnegie Mellon University Press. Her collection Blue Cloth was chosen by Marilyn Nelson and Robert Cording as winner of the 2004 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival chapbook competition.
Her awards include a Pushcart Prize, the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America, and the Julia Peterkin Award of Converse College. Her poems have appeared in anthologies including Poetry 180, Don't Leave Hungry: Fifty Years of Southern Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, and From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems That Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great. Her poems have appeared in journals including Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, Georgia Review, and Poetry London.
She has an M.A. in Writing from Washington University, and a Ph.D. in Literature and Criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is Professor of English at SUNY Rockland. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, she reviews books for Bloomsbury Review.