Since the House Is Burning

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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.25 inches | 0.37 pounds

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About the Author

Suzanne Edison MA, MFA, writes most often about the intersection of illness, healing, our natural world, politics, and art. Her chapbook, The Body Lives Its Undoing, is an exploration in poetry and visual art of the lived experience of patients with autoimmune diseases and their caregivers, doctors, and scientists. It was published by The Benaroya Research Institute in 2018. The Moth Eaten World was published by Finishing Line Press in 2014. Poetry can be found in: Michigan Quarterly Review; Canadian Medical Association Journal; HEAL; Persimmon Tree; JAMA; SWWIM Everyday; Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine; Mom Egg Review; Naugatuck River Review; Rise Up Review; Whale Road Review; What Rough Beast; Passager; The Ekphrastic Review; and in several anthologies, including, Face to Face: Women Writers on Faith, Mysticism and Awakening; and The Healing Art of Writing, Volume One.


Suzanne, a 2019 Hedgebrook Women’s Writing Residency alumna, teaches writing workshops at Richard Hugo House in Seattle. She has designed and taught Reflective Writing Workshops to medical personnel at Virginia Mason Hospital at Seattle, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and the University of Washington Medical Center. She also teaches writing workshops to patients through Cancer LifeLine, and to caregivers through UCSF Chronic Illness Center, the Juvenile Diabetes and Research Foundation, and the Cure JM (Juvenile Myositis) Foundation.


She has been a recipient of several grants: 4Culture of King County, the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, as well as an Artist Trust GAP grant.


Suzanne is almost a native Pacific Northwesterner, having lived in the area for 45 years. She is a gardener and dahlia fanatic. She loves to hike, exploring deserts, mountains, and waterways with her husband and adult daughter. Her two cats usually find their way home at night.


Suzanne's Web Site.

Donna Prinzmetal is a poet and psychotherapist living in Portland, Oregon. She is the recipient of the 2020 Lois Cranston Prize from Calyx. Her first book, Snow White, When No One Was Looking, was published with CW Books in May of 2014. Each Unkept Secret, a finalist for the Concrete Wolf Albiso Award, is her second book.

"Suzanne Edison's gorgeously lyrical collection Since the House Is Burning understands one of the most important principles of poetry: that it first be a pleasure in language. Of course, these are often bittersweet pleasures, if a poet is willing to tell the truth of her experience as Edison does here (in this case, as a wife, mother, daughter; as citizen of a world on fire and a caretaker to many). Musically adept, formally precise, both

clear eyed and unfailingly empathetic in its worldview, it's a beautiful book-one any thoughtful reader of poetry will be glad to know."

-Erin Belieu, author of Come-Hither, Honeycomb, from Copper Canyon Press

"Suzanne Edison's smart and lavish debut collection, Since the House Is Burning, never turns away from the harsh totality of our world; rather she treats us to poems that 'open like a slash of flesh.' Whether she is writing about her daughter's illness or the wildfires consuming the West, she illuminates the intricacies and complex relationships between individual sickness and the collective disease of the Anthropocene. This is a collection based on science, love, and keen attention. This is a voice that can be trusted. When Edison says, 'But I am not here to grieve. I want to know/ about the living to come. How to navigate//by scent. How the tree grows around a nail/ into which its point has bitten, ' we need to listen."

-Julia B. Levine, author of Ordinary Psalms, from the Barataria Poetry Series