Susan Browne, professor of English at Diablo Valley College, has just had her second book of poetry, Zephyr, released by the publisher. It was selected by Steel Toe Books as the winner of the Editor’s Prize for 2009.
To celebrate the book’s publication, Browne will give a poetry reading at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley. Those attending the reading can park at the Durant/Channing Garage, one block north of Telegraph.
Browne earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees from CSU Chico. She has been on the English faculty at DVC for 26 years, teaching composition, literature, poetry and creative writing. She has been writing poetry since she fell in love with it as a child.
Browne’s poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Subtropics, River City, The Mississippi Review, Margie, Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac, American Life in Poetry, 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Everyday, and other literary journals and anthologies. Her awards include prizes from the Chester H. Jones Foundation, the National Writer’s Union, the Los Angeles Poetry Festival, and the River Styx International Poetry Contest. Her work was nominated for a Pushcart Award. Her first book, Buddha’s Dogs, was selected as the winner of The Four Way Books Prize by Edward Hirsch.