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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 Dóire Press in 2010.  She has been the recipient of an Irish Arts Council Literature Bursary for her stories. 

Susan has performed her work 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.  While in Chicago, she was honoured to read at the birthplace of Slam, The Green Mill, where she took second place in the evening’s competition.  Through her work with the Galway-Lorient Twinning Project, she has met and worked with French poets and seen her work translated into French.


Born in Philadelphia to an Irish mother, Susan has lived for extensive periods in New England and San Francisco. She followed her mom home to Ireland in 1998, and now lives in Galway, The God Thing, Susan’s third poetry collection, will be published by Salmon in early 2013.

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 Kevin were the subject of a documentary, Rhyming Couplet, made by Des Kilbane in 2009.

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