Susan Sherman

Poet, playwright, and a founding editor of IKON magazine, Susan Sherman has published four collections of poetry; a poetry, essay and short fiction collection, The Color of the Heart, Writing from Struggle and Change (Curbstone, 1990) and a memoir, America’s Child: A Woman’s Journey through the Radical Sixties (Curbstone Press, 2007.)

She has had twelve plays produced off-off Broadway. Her translation of Shango de Ima (Doubleday) won eleven AUDELCO awards for the Nuyorican Poets Cafe production in 1996. Among her many awards are a NYFA fellowship for creative nonfiction, a NYFA Fellowship in poetry and a Puffin Foundation Grant.

Her latest book, The Light that Puts an End to Dreams ( Wings Press, 2012) with an introduction by Margaret Randall and photographs by Joséphine Sacabo, is an autobiography told in poems and prose poems. Capturing more than an individual life, it is the inner life of a generation. A mixture of intense political poems, intimate love poems and provocative reflections, The Light that Puts an End to Dreams documents the journey of a woman intimately involved with many of the most important events of our time.


Susan Sherman’s work, like her life, sifts through hard history to find moments of shining beauty. The Light that Puts an End to Dreams, a book of commitment and witness is a giving, generous collection that reveals a world of human experience, growth and change through different times and significant historical events.–Linda Hogan, author of Indios and People of the Whale

Susan Sherman’s poems have both urgency and elegance. The suite of poems dedicated to Sor Juana is an exquisite evocation of that poet’s fiery brilliance which is mirrored in Sherman’s own. --Jewelle Gomez, author The Gilda Stories, Bones & Ash: a Gilda Story and Waiting for Giovanni (collaboration with Harry Waters Jr.)

The Light that Puts an End to Dreams burns with truth, spreading a light that makes you see things as they are, and pushing you to do something about it. -- Bob Holman, proprietor Bowery Poetry Club, author A Couple of Ways of Doing Something, Producer of PBS series, The United States of Poetry

"Moving, lucid, and revelatory poetry." --Susan Griffin, author A Chorus of Stones and Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy

Susan Sherman questions God like a renegade Talmudic scholar, and somehow her self doubts and affirmations blossom into a rare bouquet. And since she is in the same league as Marge Piercy and Adrienne Rich, we keenly feel the hunger for justice in Susan Sherman’s poems, the pulse of her good heart. --Sharon Olinka, author The Good City and A Face Not My Own