Poetry. Winner of the 2015 David Martinson—Meadowhawk Prize. A collection that takes on the profound questions in language that catches the ear and the imagination. Arising out of wild fires and ash, birds and shadows, deaths in the family and lives in the natural world, A DIFFERENT WAKEFUL ANIMAL investigates what perishes and what might remain.
Susan Cohen is the author of two chapbooks and two previous full-length collections of poems, as well as co- author of a non-fiction book. She was a newspaper reporter, contributing writer to the Washington Post Magazine, and faculty member of the University of California Graduate School of Journalism before studying bioethics and poetry at Stanford University while on a John S. Knight fellowship for mid-career journalists. Her numerous journalism honors include a grant from the Fund for Investigative Reporting and two Science in Society Awards from the National Association of Science Writers. In 2013, she turned her full writing attention to poetry and earned an MFA from Pacific University. Her second full-length collection, A DIFFERENT WAKEFUL ANIMAL, won the 2015 David Martinson- Meadowhawk prize from Red Dragonfly Press and she's received recognition for many of her individual poems, including the Rita Dove Poetry Award from the Center for Women Writers, Harpur Palate's Milton Kessler Memorial Poetry Prize, the Red Wheelbarrow Prize, and the Annual Poetry Prize from Terrain.org. Her work has appeared in the Atlanta Review 25th Anniversary Anthology, Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry, Los Angeles Review, Northwest Review, Prairie Schooner, Southern Humanities Review, Southern Review, Tar River Review, 32 Poems and dozens of other publications. She lives in Berkeley, California.