I graduated from the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and was published throughout the 70s in APR, Partisan Review, Ohio Review, Feminist Studies, Vortex, audit/poetry, Carleton Miscellany and the anthology For Neruda, For Chile, edited by Walter Lowenfels. I taught at Colgate University from 1971-75.
Sober since 1981, I first performed my one-woman show “The Hollywood Dreamcatcher” as “Penance for Los Angeles” at Playwrights Horizons in 1993. A social worker since 2008, I am now one of the Poets of Well-Being, leading workshops and presenting at national conferences. In 2014, I was selected by East End Arts as a JumpstART artist, and given the opportunity to create a public arts project for the town of Riverhead, NY. I started and still co-host Poetry Street, an open mic held on the 4th Sunday of the month since June 2114 at the Blue Duck Bakery in Riverhead, featuring poets from all over Long Island.
In Summer 2015 I was selected for a poetry workshop with Vijay Seshadri at the SUNY Southampton Writers Conference. In a critique of a poem I submitted, Vijay said “people do not come to poets for wisdom: they come to poets for truth.”
In Fall 2015, thanks to Julie Sheehan, I enrolled in an MFA workshop at SUNY Southampton taught by Mark Doty. This workshop,“What the Unmade is Made Of,” has been a new beginning for me. I am now a member of Poets House, and attended a Forum sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. I am starting to collect rejection letters. It’s great to be home.
I will be teaching a poetry workshop at East End Arts School in Riverhead beginning in Spring 2016. I continue perform as a featured poet and at open mics in Suffolk County and beyond. For what’s next and upcoming, please see my Facebook pages, Susan G. Dingle, the Poets of Well-Being and Poetry Street.