Susan Wicks’s first collection of poems, Singing Underwater (Faber, 1992), won the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize and her second, Open Diagnosis (Faber, 1994), was one of the Poetry Society’s New Generation Poets titles. The Clever Daughter (1996) was a Poetry Book Society Choice and shortlisted for both T.S. Eliot and Forward Prizes. Lace, a pamphlet collaboration with visual artist, Elisabeth Clayman, was published by Stonewood Press in 2015. A seventh collection, The Months, forthcoming in June 2016, is also a PBS Recommendation.
She has also published three novels, The Key (Faber, 1997), Little Thing (Faber, 1998) and A Place to Stop (Salt, 2012), a short memoir, Driving My Father (Faber, 1995), and a collection of short fiction, Roll Up for the Arabian Derby (Bluechrome, 2008). Her two book-length translations of the French poet Valérie Rouzeau have between them won the Scott Moncrieff Prize and the Oxford-Weidenfeld Prize, and been shortlisted for the Popescu Prize and the International Griffin Prize for Poetry.
She taught for a number of years for the University of Kent, where she became Director of the Centre for Creative Writing. She lives in West Kent, and is married, with two adult daughters.