Susan Millar DuMars
’ debut poetry collection, Big Pink Umbrella
, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2008; Dreams for Breakfast
appeared in 2010. Her work features in Landing Places
, Dedalus’ 2010 anthology of immigrant poetry written in Ireland; and also in The Best Of Irish Poetry 2010
. A fiction writer as well, she published a collection of short stories, Lights In The Distance
, with Doire Press in 2010. She has been the recipient of an Arts Council Literature Bursary for her stories. Susan has performed her poetry in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK; in Athens and in Brittany; in New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Denver, Washington DC and Huntington, West Virginia; and in Geelong and Canberra, Australia. Several of her readings abroad have been sponsored by Culture Ireland. Susan teaches creative writing to adults at various academic venues; and to individuals with special needs through the Away With Words project. She and her husband, the poet Kevin Higgins, have run the acclaimed Over the Edge readings series since 2003. Susan and her husband were the subject of a documentary, Rhyming Couplet, made by Des Kilbane in 2009. Born in Philadelphia, Susan now makes her home in Galway, Ireland with Kevin and their cat, Ziggy.