Media Info


My poetry chapbook Gravel Road Ahead was released in October 2019, followed by The Widow at the Piano in March 2020. To hear a sample poem, click here. 

Recent awards and publications:


“I Don’t Want to Play,” Brevity Nonfiction Blog, March 18, 2021

“Dry Bones” was published in Better Than Starbucks, Feb. 2021

“Finders Keepers in the Time of COVID-19” featured at the Poetry Super Highway, Sept. 21-27

“Biscuits and Gravy,” Fewer Than 500, April 26, 2020

“Ironing the Undershirts,” Good Old Days, March/April 2020

“Meet Me at the Big Guy’s Diner,” Dine anthology by Hippocampus, published Feb. 2020

Essay “When You Can’t Even Get Drunk” published in Persimmon Tree, Spring 2019

New edition of Stories Grandma Never Told made available to bookstores via, March 9, 2019

Essay “Golden Fire” published in Fourth Genre, Spring 2019.

Poem “Mustering Out” published in Rattle, Spring 2019.

Review of Up Beaver Creek: “Wine to drink with a good book or a good book to read with wine” 

Poem “My Mother’s Purse” published at Persimmon Tree, Fall 2018

“Poor Girl’s Barbie,” “Beauty Confesses,” “Unlucky Purple Blazer Strikes Again,” “In the Garden with Jesus,” and “Next Stop: Convent,” chosen by readers of Sixfold for publication, Summer 2018

Novel Up Beaver Creek published May 25, 2018, Blue Hydrangea Productions. Available for orders now at and More information here.

Poems “Widow’s Rags” and “Smoke Signals” published in Willawaw Journal, Spring 2018

Essay “Am I Married?” in Full Grown People, Oct. 5, 2017

New book Unleashed in Oregon: Best from the Blog published Sept. 28, 2017 as e-book and paperback.

Poem “An Ordinary Afternoon” took third place in the 22nd annual MacGuffin National Poet Hunt and was published in the winter 2018 issue.

Poem “Dove” in The American Journal of Poetry, July 2017

Poem “The Old Woman Eating Alone at Table 6,” Cloudbank, 2017

Essay “Learning to Feed Myself” in Voicecatcher, Spring 2017

New poetry in Diode Poetry Journal, Jan. 2017

New poetry in The American Journal of Poetry, Jan. 2017

Finalist in the Main Street Rag Cathy Smith Bowers chapbook contest 2016

New poetry published in New Letters and Temenos, summer 2016

“Squealing Wheelchairs” was a finalist in the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards, earning me a spot in the elite Master’s Workshop in March 2016.

“Tubes” has been published in the anthology Biting the Bullet: Essays on the Courage of Women from Chatter House Press.

“When the Lights Go Out,” third place winner in the 2015 Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest.

“Dawn in Newport,” Windfall: A Journal of Poetry of Place, spring 2015

My essay, “From Happy Hour to Happy Meal” is included in the anthology My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends from

“Falling Hair,” The Manifest-Station, Sept. 25, 2014

“Burnt Woods Cafe” won the first place poetry prize in Willamette Writers’ 2014 Kay Snow Awards.

“Father-Daughter Dance,” Dogwood Literary Journal, spring 2014

“How Much Will It Cost?”Apple Valley Review, Fall 2013

“Velveteen Roses,” Prime Number Magazine, June 2013

Always blogging at:

Childless by Marriage

Unleashed in Oregon

Media appearances:

 Publishing 101 for Willamette Writers Coast and Corvallis Chapters. On Zoom, Feb. 22, 2021, 6:30 p.m. Register at

Reading Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, 7 p.m. at Coffee and Grief #19,

Workshop “Publishing 101,” Monday, Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m. at Willamette Writers Coast Chapter Zoom meeting. Register at

“Fireside Wisdom for Childless Elderwomen,” online discussion with several other childless authors, sponsored by Gateway Women.

Read “Sacrilege,” published Oct. 2020 in The Poeming Pigeon’s Pop Culture issue

Read “Dollar Store Requiem” Poetry Spoken Here, Episode 143. Oct. 2020

Teaching “Poetry 1-2-3” at the Oregon Poetry Association conference Oct. 10, 2020, online via Zoom

Instagram Live reading at I Need You So Much Closer, May 25, 2020

“New Novel Imagines What Big Tsunami Would Look Like,” Newport News-Times, July 6, 2018

Up Beaver Creek reading and talk, Newport, OR July 8, 2018

Speaker at the NotMom Summit in Cleveland, Ohio Oct. 7, 2017

July 2016 interview at

YouTube reading “The Last Two Eggs”

Interview about Childless by Marriage at

Childless by Marriage book excerpt published at

Author interview published at Book Goodies

In February 2013, I was quoted in an article in the Daily Telegraph alongside actress Helen Mirren about childlessness. It was republished in Australia.


Sue Fagalde Lick, a former newspaper editor, has published countless freelance articles, short stories and poems, plus three books on Portuguese Americans: Iberian Americans, Azorean Dreams, and Stories Grandma Never Told: Portuguese Women in California. Her book Freelancing for Newspapers: Writing for an Overlooked Market was published by Quill Driver Books in 2007. Shoes Full of Sand, a memoir, came out in July, 2011. Childless by Marriage followed on Mother’s Day 2012. Unleashed in Oregon appeared in 2017, and Sue’s new novel, Up Beaver Creek, was published in July 2018. She has also published two poetry chapbooks, Gravel Road Ahead and The Widow at the Piano: Poems by the Distracted Catholic.

Sue blogs on childlessness, dogs, and life on the Oregon coast, and writes poems, essays and articles for a variety of print and online markets.

In addition to her writing, Sue sings and plays guitar, piano, and mandolin, performing at various local venues.

A native of San Jose, California, she earned her BA in journalism at San Jose State University and worked at numerous community and special-interest newspapers before becoming a full-time freelancer. She earned her MFA in creative writing at Antioch University, Los Angeles in 2003 and has taught workshops in article-writing, creative writing, and publishing at Oregon Coast Community College, Chemeketa Community College, online, and at meetings and conferences across the country.

A former president of the Silicon Valley Branch of California Writers Club and Writers on the Edge, Sue is co-coordinator of the Oregon Coast branch of Willamette Writers  and vice president of the Oregon Poetry Association.

Sue and her dog Annie live in South Beach, Oregon.


P.O. Box 755, South Beach, OR 97366

(541) 961-4561,

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