Books by Susie Sweetland Garay

IMG_5308Strange Beauty – 
Aldirch Press an imprint of Kelsey Press, 2015, available here.

What customers are saying about Strange Beauty:

“Susan’s poetry is earthy, raw, and absolutely beautiful. I’ve purchased her writing before and this new chapbook did not disappoint.”

“A deeply thought-provoking collection of beautiful poetry. I thoroughly love this book!”

“Beautiful! Susie is an artist of words.”

“A beautiful poetry collection by a top notch poet.”


“Strange Beauty is an exceptionally appropriate title for this collection of poems. Susan Sweetland Garay marvels at the ordinary, expressing her observations about the everyday with precision and adoration in equal measure. Her poetry will make you fall in love with the world or fall in love with it even more. “The sacred/and mundane/overlap like/ocean and sand,/in constant motion…”

-Matt Margo
Author of When Empurpled: An Elegy
editor of Zoomoozophone Review

“Garay’s poetry is sharp and clean, yet embraces ideas with lines as open and wild as they are sonorous. Her words blur dichotomies to pastel shades, then soar through vistas where art meets elegance and free-flying expressions of color and sound wing their way along like chromatic birds. A talented poetess with a bright future ahead of her to be sure.”

-Earl E.S. Wynn
Editor of Leaves of Ink

“With its unadorned images and pared back narrative, Strange Beauty is filled with exactly that—strange beauty. The world introduced within these histories balances between fantasy and reality, between the world we wonder at and the world we struggle in. This narrator is domestic instinct—is woken by secrets—is presenter of rain and waves in the sea—with her dream-like charm on exhibition.”

—Stephanie Bryant Anderson
Founder of Red Paint Hill Publishing
author of Monozygotic | Codependent

This is Susan’s second published collection of poetry. It includes 77 pages of original writing with themes including motherhood, family relationships, finding beauty in the ordinary and a relationship with the natural world.

The book is available through Aldrich Press, an imprint of Kelsay Books.

Copyright Susan Sweetland Garay 2015. All rights reserved.


Approximate Tuesday – Published by the Blue Hour Press in 2013. Available here.


Approximate Tuesday is a profoundly moving series of poems written by Susan Sweetland Garay. Her writing is influenced by nature in the Pacific Northwest, infertility issues and her travels. This book is a 148 perfect bound paper back.

What others are saying about Approximate Tuesday:

“Susan’s poems radiate with the beauty of the natural world. She captures and honors our harmonies and disharmonies–the sense of wonderment of a life lived in perpetual discovery, the sense of reverence in the understanding that we are subject to the caprices of some much larger force of which the natural world is only a shroud through which the viewer can access the sacred. Her poems are composed with the seeming ease and loquacity of a Walt Whitman poem, yet like a Jane Kenyon poem they are content to rest in the silence of open spaces, where they contemplate (and struggle to accept) the fact of our impermanence.”

            -Brian Le Lay, Writer and Editor at Electric Windmill Press

“In the depths of all seasons, there is mystery and wonder, love and childlike dreams. Approximate Tuesday is touching, soulful and genuine.”

-Shannon Lynette, author of Lady on a Wire and editor at Lady Chaos Press

“Susie has a special way of writing with lovely, delicate language while maintaining power, strength, and meaning in each poem. Approximate Tuesday is filled with wisdom, growth, an appreciation for life and the earth, and a wide array of feelings of the human experience. Her poems are honest, intimate, and delivered with a unique voice.”

-Heather Minette, author of Rooftops and Other Poems


Copyright Susan Sweetland Garay 2015. All rights reserved.




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