Susan Niz has two poetry chapbooks: Beyond this Amniotic Dream (Beard Poetry, 2016) and Left-Handed Like a Lightning Whelk, (Finishing Line Press, 2019). Her work has appeared in places such as Ponder Review, Blue Bonnet Review, Belleville Park Pages, Ginosko, Flashquake, Opium Magazine, and Summerset Review. Susan has taught her poetry workshops at the University of Texas-Informal Classes, Austin Bat Cave, The Writing Barn, and Austin-area libraries. Her workshops focus on developing an authentic poetic practice based on closer observation of the world and words around you. She has been featured in live poetry shows in Minneapolis and Austin. Susan's novel Kara, Lost (North Star Press, 2011) was a finalist for a Midwest Book Award (MIPA) for Literary Fiction. She has a BA in Creative Writing and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota. Susan relocated to Austin, Texas where she is raising her family.