Poet Chico Susan Woolridge at Third Thursday Poetry
On Thursday, September 20, at 7:30pm The Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz Reading Series at 215 Main in Point Arena will feature Chico poet Susan Wooldridge. The reading will begin with live improv jazz, followed by an open mic with jazz improv; the reading will conclude with our featured poet and more live improv jazz.
Susan has a B.A. in anthropology from Barnard College and an interdisciplinary masters in art and writing from CSU Chico, Chico--where she developed a love for performance art as well as collage, printmaking and ceramics. She’s held workshops on creative language and process with thousands of adults and children, including teachers and youth-at-risk. Her book poemcrazy: freeing your life with words was published in 1996 by Clarkson Potter/Random House, and is now in a 28th printing. Anne Lamott writes, “This is a wonderful book—smart, wide-eyed, joyful, helpful, inspiring. You’re going to love it, and love writing poetry more for having read it.”
Susan’s chapbook of poems, Bathing with Ants, was published in 2004 by Bear Star Press. Her book, Foolsgold: Making Something from Nothing (and Freeing Your Creative Process) was published by Harmony/Random House in 2007. Both poemcrazy and Foolsgold were Quality Paperback Book selections.
Susan is now writing a book about land and language from her hilltop office in The Bolt, a "canned ham" vintage trailer. For many years Susan has done a series of workshops in rural California libraries sponsored by Poets & Writers Org. and UCLA’s Center for the Book. Susan has worked in over 70 libraries and her workshops have been featured in Poets and Writers magazine. For many years Susan held workshops with her beloved California Poets in the Schools.
Susan lives in a co-housing village in Chico, California, at the edge of Bidwell Park (or Sherwood Forest)--where Errol Flynn’s Robin Hood was filmed. Check out Susan's website, www.susanwooldridge.com.
Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz is supported by The Third Thursday Poetry Group, many anonymous donors, and Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.