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What’s Happening:

lick_sue_fagalde_cov_emJuly 30, 2019: Poetry chapbook Gravel Road Ahead is the featured book of the day at Finishing Line Press! Pre-order now through Aug. 16. Publication is scheduled for Oct. 11. Although I have published many individual poems, this is my first poetry book. Important: Sales during the pre-order period, June 17-Aug. 16, determine how many copies will be printed. Please order your copy now. If you prefer to order an autographed copy directly from me, contact me at and we’ll work out payment and delivery.

Recent awards and publications:

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.

Poem “An Ordinary Afternoon” published at Toe Good Poetry. 

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

As a finalist in the Tucson Festival of Books literary awards, I attended a master workshop in poetry March 10-13, 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

New editions have just been published of Sue’s books Stories Grandma Never Told: Portuguese Women in California and Azorean Dreams, a Portuguese-American romance.

“Squealing Wheelchairs” was a finalist in the Tucson’s 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:

“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.

Interview published July 29, 2012 at the Psychology Today website

Huffington Post published my blog post “I’m Childless, But I Have Something Many Women Don’t.”

Huffington Post published my blog post “Being Childless Doesn’t Have to Mean Ending Up Alone.” This led to a talk show appearance on Huffpost Live on May 17. See the video here.


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.

Sue blogs on writing, 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. She directs and accompanies the choirs at Sacred Heart Church in Newport, 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-coordinator of the Oregon Coast branch of Willamette Writers. She has also served as a poetry editor for Willamette Writers’ Timberline Review literary journal.

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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