Susan J. Erickson happened on poetry. After vowing to stop talking about writing a long-intended mystery novel, she enrolled in a poetry correspondence course offered by Western Washington University reasoning that even an alternate genre would stimulate writing. It did. That course led to others and eventually to this book. Poetry is now her genre of choice.
Susan grew up in the Midwest in a Garrison Keillor setting. She attended the University of Minnesota, earning a B.S. and M.S. She now lives in Bellingham, Washington, and marvels at living on the edge of the sea under the looming presence of an active volcano.
Erickson speaks to the decisions women make in life, how they live with those decisions and the justifications offered for their behavior. She also explores how physical beauty can impact a person’s life. Even though poems in this volume are in the voice of other women, Susan acknowledges that sometimes they reflect her own life experiences as well. The poems in Lauren Bacall Shares a Limousine give voice to women both well and little known, illuminating moments in their lives that dramatize the inheritance of silence many women still face. Poems from the series appear in 2River View, Crab Creek Review, Museum of Americana, The Fourth River, The James Franco Review, The Tishman Review and in anthologies such as Till The Tide: An Anthology of Mermaid Poetry.
Erickson is also a collage artist and has created a unique series of cards using postage stamp images of the women represented in her poems.
Egress Studio Press published her chapbook, The Art of Departure. Susan helped establish the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Walk and Contest in Whatcom County and has served on its committee since its inception in 2006.