Susan Deer Cloud – Blackfoot

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Susan Deer Cloud
Susan Deer Cloud

Susan Deer Cloud(born October 20, 1950) is a Métis poet and fiction writer of Blackfoot, Mohawk and Seneca heritage.

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Deer Cloud was born to Joseph R. Hauptfleisch and Dorothea Mae Lare in Livingston Manor, New York, and grew up in the Catskills. She received her B.A. in General Literature and Creative Writing (summa cum laude) and her M.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from Binghamton University. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College.

Work and achievements

Deer Cloud currently resides on her mountain. She has taught Creative Writing at her alma mater, ranging from introductory poetry and fiction courses to upper level poetry courses.

Deer Cloud has had poems, fiction, and non-fiction appear in numerous magazines and literary journals, including The Florida Review, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Many Mountains Moving, Yellow Medicine Review, Sentence’, Exquisite Corpse, Rosebud, Identity Theory, Mid-American Review, Prairie Schooner, North Dakota Quarterly, Paterson Literary Review, Earth’s Daughters, Shenandoah, Ms., Pembroke Magazine, Quarterly West, To Topos, Chiron Review, Croton Review and The Greensboro Review. Her poems and stories have appeared in several anthologies, among them the multicultural anthologies Unsettling America and Identity Lessons and Native anthologies A Nation Within and Sister Nations: Native American Women Writers on Community. She has received Prairie Schooner’s Readers’ Choice Award and has twice been given First Prize in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Competition.

She has done a guest editorship at Sojourner: The Women’s Forum. She coordinated readings with a group of poets called Binghamton’s Underground Poets, Wild Indians & Exuberant Others, Unc. (Unincorporated), and edited an anthology to accompany Underground readings she hosted in the city of Binghamton. She edited the Spring 2008 Issue of Yellow Medicine Review, a Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art & Thought, and is currently an adviser to YMR. She is editing the Re-Matriation Series of Indigenous Poetry for FootHills Publishing.

Deer Cloud is the recipient of two New York State Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowships, a Chenango County Council for the Arts Grant, and a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature (Poetry). It should be noted that previously she had work published under her former married name of Susan Clements.

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