Susie Meserve

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2021 City of Berkeley Civic Arts Grantee

Hi. I’m Susie Meserve, poet, essayist, and college writing professor. I’m the author of the poetry collection Little Prayers, which won a Blue Light Award from Blue Light Press and was published in 2018. My personal essays—on parenting, anxiety, infertility, and other realities of modern adulthood—appear in Elle, Salon, The New York Times Well Family blog, Offbeat Families, and the book anthology Show Me All Your Scars: True Stories of Living with Mental Illness. In 2021, with the support of a City of Berkeley Civic Arts grant, I’m working on a project called “Frontiers,” exploring ancestry, journeys, and motherhood. 

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Little Prayers

by Susie Meserve

Winner of the 2018 Blue Light Book Award from Blue Light Press

“Maybe the poet’s most important function is to visit the world and report what is found—to make us all aware of things we fail to notice. Susie Meserve takes this role seriously in her debut collection, “Little Prayers.” It’s a book full of wistfulness. And of wisdom gained from friendship, music, marriage and parenthood.” —David Roderick

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Little Prayers, debut poetry collection and winner of the 2018 Blue Light Book Award by Susie Meserve

More Than a Mother: On my Blog

The Slideshow

The Slideshow

It would take a thousand photos to really explain a year of Covid. We had one slideshow. New Year's Eve, 2021. We enjoyed a Covid-style masked backyard cocktail with friends and came home for a decadent fondue dinner just the four of us. I'd thrown the photos together...

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High, Low, Buffalo: Surviving The Spring of the Virus

High, Low, Buffalo: Surviving The Spring of the Virus

We made it through two weeks of homeschooling, two weeks of working from home with two kids around, two weeks of The Spring of the Virus. Even if the Shelter in Place order lasts into summer, into fall?God forbid?it will be springtime in my mind when my future wise...

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The Best Summer Yet

The Best Summer Yet

[ASIDE: Reader, I'm not happy with the aesthetics of my blog posts. I tried to make the font larger for better readability, but then things looked even more catty-wonkus. If there are any Wordpress mavens out there, please drop me a line, yo?] At the end of last...

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Teaching & Speaking

I teach writing at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and read and speak regularly around the Bay Area. You can learn more on the Teaching & Speaking page, or contact me using the form below.

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