Susan Gardner is a poet, painter, photographer and literary editor. Her poetry and the award-winning memoir, Drawing the Line, are characterized by lyrical beauty that honors our shared sensual reality. Its composite of personal experience engages universal recognition. Karen An-Hwei Lee wrote, “The musical vowels of her poetry give us a quiet assurance… each word hovering in its own luminous space…” John Stafford wrote of her, “Susan’s poetry welcomes us into the light of awareness.”
Her poetry and art integrate her extensive travels and cultural experiences yet still suggest the influence of her early training: classical painting in Korea followed by calligraphy and printmaking in Japan. Her first poetry was written in Japanese calligraphy, later followed by works in English and Spanish.
She has presented programs at the Freer Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Library of Congress, Folger Library, among many others, and delivered the Cam Memorial Lecture at the New York Public Library. Her art has been exhibited internationally in museums and galleries.
She has worked as a house-builder, university teacher and poetry editor. She has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico since the 1980s.