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Kinds of Snow – Green Writers Press

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Language 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. . . . I am grateful for what this talented poet brings forward: pressing with renewed trust her words onto the pages the way you step — well, through snow. —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

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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 rippling work encompassing love and water, longing and the natural world. Su Smallen wrote these poems during a residency with the St. Croix Watershed Research Station. She learned about aquifers and diatoms from the scientists there, kindred in their curiosity about the elegant ways nature works. With imagery from the river and its creatures, the poems of You This Close are linked together with the last line of one becoming the first line of the next, making a structure that matches a kind of diatom chain. The poems are also about hope for love, addressing a beloved not yet met. Illustrated by Jessica Zeglin.

Available at,  and Red Dragonfly Press. Your favorite bookseller can stock You This Close via Red Dragonfly Press.

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, “I see every poem [in Wild Hush] as 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, and 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

In Su Smallen’s Buddha, 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, originally published by broadcraft press and reissued by Red Dragonfly Press in an expanded edition featuring new poems. Available now at: Small Press Distribution, Subtext Books, Common Good 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; only a few copies remain available! Inquire at susmallen[at]gmail[dot]com


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