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Suzanne Cleary is an American poet. She was born in Binghamton, New York. She grew up there. 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 State University of New York at Rockland.


"I love to read poems where I think the poet includes something that may not work or almost doesn't work. To me that's an exciting kind of risk."


  • 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, Maryland
  • a Pushcart Prize (2005)
  • the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America
  • Julia Peterkin Award of Converse College
  • Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize
  • Patterson Award for Literary Excellence


  • Keeping Time (2002)
  • Trick Pear (2007)
  • Beauty Mark (2013)
  • Crude Angel (2018)

Critical writing

  • Cleary, Suzanne. "Be Still and Know: Silence in the Poetry of Jean Valentine," in Laurel Review 40.2. (2006)
  • Cleary, Suzanne. "A Control Room inside of Me," Georgia Review September 25, 2014.
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