Susan G. Wooldridge
Susan has held workshops on creative language and process with thousands of adults and children, including youth-at-risk and teachers. Susan herself was a “busy mom,” but was luckily able to work part time so she could be at home while her children were growing up. Daniel (now 32) and Elisabeth (30 and just married) have inspired many of her ideas about writing and teaching poetry. Susan has a B.A. in anthropology from Barnard College and an interdisciplinary masters in art and writing from CSU Chico, Chico.
Susan’s book poemcrazy: freeing your life with words was published in 1996 by Clarkson Potter/Random House. According to writer Anne Lamott, “This is a wonderful book—smart, wide-eyed, joyful, helpful, inspiring. You’re going to love it, and love writing poetry more for having read it.” poemcrazy was a Book Sense Pick and was featured for over four years by Quality Paperback Book Club as well as Writer’s Digest Book Club. The paperback edition (Three Rivers) is in a sixteenth printing. Though widely used by adults, poemcrazy is on the New York Public Library List of Outstanding Books for teens. Painters and songwriters as well as film makers and actors report that poemcrazy helps them loosen up, play and embrace a more creative way of being in the world.
Susan’s chapbook of poems, Bathing with Ants, was published in 2004 by Bear Star Press. Her book, Foolsgold: Making Something from Nothing (and Freeing Your Creative Process) was published by Harmony (Random House) in 2007. Naomi Rachel Remen, MD., author of Kitchen Table Wisdom, writes, “Foolsgold?....in a word, beautiful. Beautiful, beautiful! And, of course, a book that may save your life.” Foolsgold has been featured in both Quality Paperback and One Spirit Book Clubs. Susan is now writing a memoir about love, based on her experiences as mother of the bride. Susan’s books poemcrazy: freeing your life with words, (ISBN 0-609-80098-1)
Bathing with Ants (www.bearstarpress.com) And Foolsgold: Making Something from Nothing and Freeing Your Creative Process (ISBN 978-0-307-3414-8-8) are available at your local independent bookstore, or any online book service (Barnes and Noble, etc.)
Notice that both poemcrazy and Foolsgold are just one word!
A regular presenter at ArtFest in Port Townsend Washington, Susan is in her sixth year of a series to foster creative expression among people of all ages and backgrounds at workshops in rural California libraries sponsored by Poets and Writers organization and UCLA’s Center for the Book. Susan was recently keynote speaker at Project Read in South San Francisco. This winter and spring Susan will be working with all the kids at middle schools in both St. Louis, Missouri and Bismarck, North Dakota. Her workshops have been featured in Poets and Writers magazine. She holds events throughout the U.S. as well as in at-risk youth programs.
Susan would love to help you begin to play with language and imagery. Together (and with your children) we’ll begin a collage journal and even create collages with found objects.
Susan lives in a co-housing village in Chico, California, at the edge of Bidwell Park (or Sherwood Forest)--where Errol Flynn’s Robin Hood was filmed. Children thrive in a village!
Exhilarating, playful and profound. Opens a tremendous creative frontier for people. --Kathlyn Hendricks, author of Conscious Loving and The Conscious Heart.
I didn’t want to say goodbye to that day. --William, SED 5th grader, Chico.
Susan doesn’t teach poetry so much as unlock it. Her teaching itself is poetry. –Amy Tullius, Poetry and the Piano Workshop
A day glistening with fun, profound insight, and soul-shifting poetry—that I wrote to myself.” Layton Fisher, Hendricks Institute.
Something inside of me peeked out. Something I had forgotten. Carrie Marie Tusman, Santa Barbara.
Sitting and writing poems with Susan is like taking a lid off a jar. --Laura. Chico.