Susan Deer Cloud

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Susan Deer Cloud (born October 20, 1950), a mixed lineage Catskill Native, is an award-winning writer of poetry, fiction, and creative essays.


Deer Cloud, born to Joseph R. Hauptfleisch and Dorothea Mae Lare in Livingston Manor, New York, grew up in the Borscht Belt. She received her B.A. in General Literature and Creative Writing (summa cum laude) and 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 resides in the Catskill Mountains. She has taught Creative Writing at Binghamton University, ranging from introductory poetry and fiction courses to upper level poetry courses, as well as Composition at Broome Community College. She works as a full-time writer who gives poetry readings, talks and workshops at colleges and other venues. A member of the peace organization Servas International, she hosts travelers as well as travels to various places in America and abroad.

Deer Cloud's poems, fiction, and creative essays have appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals, including Comstock Review, About Place, Red Rock Review, Sin Fronteras, Naugatuck River Review, Mas Tequila Review, 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, The Greensboro Review and winning writers. Her poems and stories have appeared in various anthologies, among them Poetry of Resistance, The Border Crossed Us, Mo' Joe Anthology, Adrienne Rich: a Tribute Anthology, Stone Soup Anthology, City of the Big Shoulders: an Anthology of Chicago Poetry, Hip Poetry; multicultural anthologies Unsettling America and Identity Lessons; and Native anthologies Unraveling the Spreading Cloth of Time: Indigenous Thoughts Concerning the Universe, Sister Nations: Native American Women Writers on Community, and A Nation Within.

Deer Cloud is the recipient of two New York State Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowships, an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, a Chenango County Council for the Arts Grant, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature (Poetry).[1] She has received Prairie Schooner’s Readers’ Choice Award and has twice been given First Prize in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Competition. She founded and hosted readings and performances with a group of writers, artists and musicians called Binghamton’s Underground Poets, Wild Indians & Exuberant Others, Unc. (Unincorporated), and edited a multicultural anthology Confluence containing work by Underground participants. She edited the Spring 2008 Issue of Yellow Medicine Review, a Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art & Thought. She is also editor of the ongoing Re-Matriation Series of Indigenous Poetry for FootHills Publishing.

Previously she had work published under a former married name of Susan Clements.


  • Before Language. Shabda Press 2016/
  • Hunger Moon. Shabda Press 2014.
  • Fox Mountain Poems. FootHills Publishing 2013.
  • I WAS INDIAN (Before Being Indian Was Cool): An Anthology of Indigenous Poetry, Volume II, edited by Susan Deer Cloud. FootHills Publishing 2012.
  • Braiding Starlight. Split Oak Press 2010.
  • I WAS INDIAN (Before Being Indian Was Cool): an Anthology of Indigenous Poetry, Volume I, 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[edit]

  • Poem "Renegade Cemetery" finalist in Naugatuck Review Poetry Contest 2014.
  • Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, 2013.
  • On two reading panels accepted for Associated Writers Conference in Boston, MA, 2013.
  • New York State Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, 2011.
  • Reader and panelist at University of North Dakota Writers Conference, Grand Rapids, March 2011.
  • Poetry panel accepted for AWP Writers Conference in Washington, DC, February 2011. Also gave 3 readings, including at Smithsonian Indian Museum for The Florida Review's Fall 2010 Native Issue.
  • Poem “When I Am a Tree” selected to be on Rochester Poets Walk.
  • On two panels at Associated Writing Programs Conference in Denver, April 2010.
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, 2007. Listed on NEA/Writers Corner 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 Artist 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.
  • "I Hate Emily & Sylvia," Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards Finalist, 2007.
  • “When the Puerto Ricans Came to Town.” Honorable Mention, 2005, Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards.
  • Paterson Literary Review. “China Cup,” Editor’s Choice.
  • Prairie Schooner’s Readers’ Choice Award. 2003.
  • 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.
  • 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 “Potato.” Finalist in 1993 Eve of St. Agnes Competition.
  • New York State Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, 1993.
  • Poem “Indian Interlude, Naples, Florida.” Honorable Mention, New Letters Poetry Competition, 1990.
  • Poem “Singularities.” 1st Prize. “The Reservation” & “Matinee,” Honorable Mentions. Paterson’s Poetry Center’s International Poetry Competition, 1989.
  • Resident Fellow, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Spring 1987.
  • Poem “Mummy Cat in the British Museum.” Finalist, Artemis Poetry Contest, 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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