Susan Deer Cloud

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Susan Deer Cloud (born October 20, 1950) is a Métis poet and fiction writer of Eastern European, Blackfoot, Mohawk and Seneca descent.[1]


Deer Cloud was born to Joseph R. Hauptfleisch and Dorothea Mae Lare in Livingston Manor, New York, and grew up in the Catskills. She received her B.A. in General Literature and Creative Writing (summa cum laude) and her M.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from Binghamton University. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College.

Work and achievements[edit]

Deer Cloud currently resides on her mountain. She has taught Creative Writing at her alma mater, ranging from introductory poetry and fiction courses to upper level poetry courses.

Deer Cloud has had poems, fiction, and non-fiction appear in numerous magazines and literary journals, including The Florida Review, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Many Mountains Moving, Yellow Medicine Review, Sentence', Exquisite Corpse, Rosebud, Identity Theory, Mid-American Review, Prairie Schooner, North Dakota Quarterly, Paterson Literary Review, Earth’s Daughters, Shenandoah, Ms., Pembroke Magazine, Quarterly West, To Topos, Chiron Review, Croton Review and The Greensboro Review.[1] Her poems and stories have appeared in several anthologies, among them the multicultural anthologies Unsettling America and Identity Lessons and Native anthologies A Nation Within and Sister Nations: Native American Women Writers on Community.[2] She has received Prairie Schooner’s Readers’ Choice Award and has twice been given First Prize in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Competition.

She has done a guest editorship at Sojourner: The Women’s Forum. She coordinated readings with a group of poets called Binghamton’s Underground Poets, Wild Indians & Exuberant Others, Unc. (Unincorporated), and edited an anthology to accompany Underground readings she hosted in the city of Binghamton. She edited the Spring 2008 Issue of Yellow Medicine Review, a Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art & Thought, and is currently an adviser to YMR. She is editing the Re-Matriation Series of Indigenous Poetry for FootHills Publishing.

Deer Cloud is the recipient of two New York State Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowships, a Chenango County Council for the Arts Grant, and a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature (Poetry).[2] It should be noted that previously she had work published under her former married name of Susan Clements.


  • Braiding Starlight. Split Oak Press, 2010.
  • I WAS INDIAN (Before Being Indian Was Cool): an Anthology of Indigenous Poetry, edited by Susan Deer Cloud. FootHills Publishing, 2009.
  • Car Stealer. FootHills Publishing, 2009.
  • The Last Ceremony. Foothills Publishing, 2007.
  • Confluence. Anthology, edited by Deer Cloud. Foothills Publishing, 2006.
  • In The Moon When The Deer Lose Their Horns. Chantry Press, Midland, NJ. 1993.
  • The Broken Hoop. Blue Cloud Press, Marvin, SD. 1988.

Fellowships and Honors[1][edit]

  • New York State Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, 2011.
  • Reader and panelist at International Writers Conference at University of North Dakota, Grand Rapids, March 2011.
  • Had a poetry reading panel at Associated Writing Programs (AWP) in Washington, DC, in February 2011. Also gave 3 readings, including at the Indian Museum for The Florida Reviews Fall 2010 Native Issue.
  • On two panels at Associated Writing Programs Conference in Denver, April 2010.
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, 2007.
  • Wordcraft Circle Editor's Award for editing multicultural anthology Confluence, 2008.
  • Scholarship to The Resilience of the HUMAN SPIRIT, an International Gathering of Poets, September 16–17, 2006.
  • Chenango County Council for the Arts Individual Artists Grant. 2005.
  • Poems “Car Stealer” and "O Holy Nights in Liberty, NY." Finalist & Semi-Finalist in Many Mountains Moving Poetry Competition. "Car Stealer," Many Mountains Moving, 2009.
  • “When the Puerto Ricans Came to Town.” Honorable Mention, 2005, Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards.
  • “The Dirt in the Gallery across from the Old Whorehouse on Court Street.” Honorable Mention, 2004 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards.
  • Featured Poet. EARTH TONES, 2003.
  • Paterson Literary Review. “China Cup,” Editor’s Choice.
  • Prairie Schooner’s Readers’ Choice Award. 2003.
  • Poetry Panelist for The New York State Foundation for the Arts, 2003.
  • “What Is It About Windblown Things?” Honorable Mention, 2002 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards.
  • Poem “Cobalt Blue.” Honorable Mention, 2000 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards.
  • Poem “You Really Have.” 3rd Prize, 1999 Chiron Review Poetry Contest.
  • Poem “Vincent Van Gogh Writes to Madame Calment from the Stars.” 2nd Prize, 1999 Eve of St. Agnes Poetry Competition.
  • Poem “Tree.” 1st Prize, 1998 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards.
  • Fiction Finalist, Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, 1996.
  • Certificate of Achievement for making “a significant contribution to advancing the awareness of women of color,” Binghamton University, 1995.
  • Poem “Verticals.” Honorable Mention, 1995 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards.
  • Poem “Potato.” Finalist in 1993 Eve of St. Agnes Competition.
  • New York State Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, 1993.
  • Poems “Tribute” & “The Waiting Room.” Honorable Mentions in Paterson’s
  • Poetry Center’s International Poetry Competition, 1991.
  • Poem “Indian Interlude, Naples, Florida.” Honorable Mention, New Letters
  • Poetry Competition, 1990.
  • Poem “Susans.” Honorable Mention, Paterson’s Poetry Center’s International Poetry Competition. 1990.
  • Poem “Singularities.” 1st Prize. “The Reservation” & “Matinee,” Honorable Mentions.

Paterson’s Poetry Center’s International Poetry Competition, 1989.

  • Poem “After Chernobyl.” Nominated for Pushcart Prize by Lips, 1989.
  • Resident Fellow, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Spring 1987.
  • Poem “Mummy Cat in the British Museum.” Finalist, Artemis Poetry Contest, 1987.
  • Poem “Snow Country” nominated for Pushcart Prize by Footwork, 1987.
  • Story “Black Fire.” Honorable Mention, New Letters Literary Awards, 1986.
  • First runner-up in Stand Magazine’s International Short Story Competition, 1985.
  • First runner-up in Nimrod’s Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction Competition, 1984.
  • Story “Tyrone Power’s Shoes.” Honorable Mention, Writer’s Digest Magazine Short Short Story Competition, 1986.
  • Poem “Penance.” Finalist 1985 Eve of St. Agnes Poetry Competition. Judged by Margaret Atwood.
  • Story “Roads Not Taken.” First Prize in Almanac ’84 Short Story Contest.
  • Story “The Bedmaker.” Finalist in AWP’s Short Short Fiction Competition, 1983.


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