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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. 



Sue Fagalde Lick is the author of Childless by Marriage and Love or Children: When You Can’t Have Both, The Iberian Americans, Azorean Dreams, Stories Grandma Never Told: Portuguese Women in California, and the novel Up Beaver Creek. She has also published two poetry chapbooks, Gravel Road Ahead and The Widow at the Piano: Poems by the Distracted Catholic.

Sue blogs about childlessness at Childless by Marriage and about life on the Oregon coast at Unleashed in Oregon.

Her poems, essays and articles have been published in many print and online markets. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in both fiction and nonfiction and won first prize in Willamette Writers Kay Snow Awards for poetry.

In addition to her writing, Sue sings and plays guitar, piano, and mandolin, performing at various local venues and serving as a music minister at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Waldport, Oregon.

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-chair of the Central Coast chapter of Willamette Writers  and president of Oregon Poetry Association.

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

Recent publications:

“Charlie’s Dinner” and “I’ll Have a Burger with a Side of Coronavirus,” Sage Soup, May 2021

“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

Media appearances:

Reading at Cagarro Authors Portuguese American event, Sept. 1, 2021

Interview at the UnRipe podcast, June 17, 2021

Featured reader at The Poetry Box, Saturday, June 12, 4 p.m. via Zoom.

“Fireside Wisdom for Childless Elderwomen,”Saturday, June 20, 2021. 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

YouTube reading “The Last Two Eggs”


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