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Kinds of Snow – Green Writers Press

Direct, unvkinds-of-snow-cover-sniparnished, luminous—a kind of gratitude shot through the work for the beauty of the place. . . . Su Smallen´s new poems, a lexicon of snow, sing with notes of grief, sorrow, joy and resilience, pondering that great Midwestern element.  —Spencer Reece, author of The Clerk’s Tale and Road to Emmaus

Smallen writes with resonant clarity . . . work that beautifully marries attention and evanescence. —Alison Hawthorne Deming, author of Genus Loci and Zoologies

Ask at your local independent bookstore – if they don’t have  Kinds of Snow in stock, they can get it for you via Ingrams, Baker & Taylor, and Midwest Trade Point – just ask! Also available at Magers and Quinn and

You This Close – Red Dragonfly Press

front cover YOU_trial4Su Smallen has mastered the language of suggestion, intricately weaving endings with beginnings, longing with resonance as she proceeds with “wild caution.” An intimate and lovely book. – Joyce Sutphen, Minnesota Poet Laureate

You This Close is a double-crown sonnet sequence of poems rippling with hope for love, addressing a beloved not yet met. Illustrated by Jessica Zeglin.

Ask at your local independent bookstore – if they don’t have  Kinds of Snow in stock, they can get it for you via and Red Dragonfly Press. Also available at Small Press Distribution and

Wild HushCover of Wild Hush by Su Smallen

“The only cure for writing is writing,” Su Smallen writes in “The Students Who Come to Me with Writing Anxiety.” Red Bird editor Shelly Love observes, “Every poem in Wild Hush is a response to the students’ moans and laments: every lived moment is an opportunity for a poem if we take the time to observe, reflect, then let the words come.” Featuring art by Susan Solomon. Available at Subtext Books and Red Bird Chapbooks.

Cover of the book BUDDHA, PROOFBuddha, Proof

Buddha befriends Barbie, shops at Target, rides roller coasters, considers a career change, and contemplates the complete perfection of toast. Buddha, Proof honors the center, not-center of Buddhism with humor and gravity.

A Minnesota Book Award Finalist in Poetry, available at: Small Press Distribution, Subtext Books, Magers and Quinn, and

“Su Smallen writes with eccentric grace and clarity. Buddha, Proof offers readers compelling collisions between Smallen’s re-imagined Buddha for our time (for all time) and a vast array of characters, landscapes, and philosophical bewilderments.” – Deborah Keenan

Weight of Light

Puschcart Prize Editors’ Book Award Nominee – Out of Print but plans are underway for reissue! Inquire at susmallen[at]gmail[dot]com


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