Susan Sherman

Poet, playwright, and 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 (Curbstone) and 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 awards are a NYFA fellowship for creative nonfiction, a NYFA Fellowship in poetry and a Puffin Foundation Grant. Her latest book America’s Child: A Woman’s Journey through the Radical Sixties (Curbstone, November ’07) has garnered critical acclaim from the New York Times Book Review, Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly and Lambda Book Review and authors Grace Paley, Claribel Alegria and Chuck Wachtel.

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