Order my 2022 chapbook The Beer Line. It’s illustrated by Milwaukee artist Sarah Gail Luther and sells for $12.00. I take payments via CashApp: $SueBlaustein and Venmo: @Susan-Blaustein.
You can order In the Field – Autobiography of an Inspector here too. It’s $18.00. Bundle it with a copy of “The Beer Line”: both books for $25. In Milwaukee, you can find my books at Woodland Pattern Book Center and Lion’s Tooth Books in Bayview. In Sheboygan, there may be a copy or two at WordHaven BookHouse!
The second “Catalog of Small Machines” has been published by the Driftless Writing Center. It features work by writers who participate in weekly Zoom write-ins offered by Driftless Writing Center (Viroqua) and Art Lit Lab (Madison). My poem “Sweet Autumn, Our Dog Max is Old” appears there with lots of others’ work.
On March 5, I read in Madison, during Week 7 of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Winter Festival of Poetry.
The main event of 2022 was the completion and publication of my chapbook “The Beer Line”. With a new book to sell, and COVID restrictions eased, I was out a lot. I featured at my poetry home – Linneman’s Riverwest Inn – and shared the stage at Woodland Pattern with poet and Milwaukee Yoga Center classmate DeWitt Clinton in July. For those with the interest or stamina, the entire reading is actually on YouTube. I got to read a few poems about the Beerline at the July “Music on the Beerline” event.
In August I read at the Cudahy Library and shared the stage with Freesia McKee at WordHaven BookHouse in Sheboygan. Right after that, I got COVID, then tested negative just in time to feature at the Tabi Po Poetry series on Sunday, September 18. I got to feature at the Hot Sauce Poetry Set on October 28th. On December 12, I featured (via Zoom) at Poetry Unlocked. That’s been captured too!
The “Spring” issue of “Of Rust and Glass” includes two poems of mine – “Anthropomorphism” and “The Green Swan”. You can order a print copy, or digital download at the (O)Rag Shop.
AIOTB (As It Ought To Be) has published my poem “Microscopy”.
I wrote “The Dragonfly’s Song” for an episode of Anja Notanja Sieger’s “Subtle Forces” podcast. The Raven’s Perch has published it.
Another poem “Rest In Peace” is now up on AIOTB (As It Ought To Be) Magazine.
I have a poem “Bird, tired bird” up on Zingara Poetry Review.
Dan Denton (of “Not A Duck in Any Row Studios”) is the creator of the Blue Collar Gospel Hour and the monthly Lunch Bucket Brigade Zine series. He interviewed me for his podcast “Blue Collar Gospel Hour”. Dan is an astute questioner, with a lot of heart and smarts. You can listen here.
Lunch Bucket Brigade Zine #6 contains three of my recent poems. You can order it here. “Not A Duck in Any Row”, the publisher, donates part of their proceeds to a food bank in their hometown of Toledo, Ohio so you get good poetry and contribute to food security.
I’ve collaborated with Anja Notanja Sieger before. She produces a podcast – “The Subtle Forces” . I responded to her general invitation to submit lyrics for a tribute to her late aunts Barbara and Mary. My contribution – “Pretty is as Pretty Does, The Dragonfly’s Song” – may be heard on “Ugly When Little, Pretty When Big”. Enjoy!
My poem “On Hubbard Street” is live on AIOTB now.
My poem “Brother” appears in Lunch Bucket Brigade Zine #3.
Draw Write Here’s “People’s History of the Pandemic, When Reality Hits” was followed by “Peoples History of the Pandemic, Civil Rights edition” (I collaborated with Jolie Collins) , then “Going Postal”. View all the e-books.
Another poem is live on AIOTB – “1968, 1969, 2018, 2019: The Fifty-Year Anniversaries Are Almost Over”
“A Horse Named Can-Ball-the-Flowers” is live on AIOTB!
My poem “A Song for Coincidence” is up on Tiny Seeds Literary Journal.
My poem “The Old Ways” is now live on AIOTB (As It Ought To Be).
And now, also from As It Ought to Be, “A Song for Noise”.
My poem “A Song for Harvest Spiders” has been published by As It Ought to Be, an online journal!
My poem “Understanding Risk Factors So You Can Control Them” appears online in Stickman Review. I shared this poem on April 30, 2021 as part of Ex Fabula’s April Poetry Month feature “Backstory”. I recited the poem, and the video is linked here.