Susan Willey Spalt lives in Carrboro, North Carolina. She retired several years ago after a long career in school health, specializing in trying to get people of all ages to do things they did not really want to do. Susan has written and loved poetry for much of her life. Her poems reflect her belief that poetry is not only for esoteric journals but is part of everyday life. Her poetry has appeared in some unexpected places. She rhymed the school district’s lice policy, and one of her poems was set to music to celebrate Carrboro’s 100th anniversary.
Her poems have also appeared in numerous anthologies, including Annapurna (Red Dashboard Press, 2015), Disorder (Red Dashboard Press, 2014 and 2017), and in Pinesong, published by the North Carolina Poetry Society. Susan is one of four poets in Carrboro Poetica, a collection of poems published by Old Mountain Press in 2012. Her chapbook, Longer If It’s Raining, published by Red Dashboard Press in 2016, is her first chapbook.
Susan is a charter member of the Carrboro Poets Council. She is married to Allen Spalt and has two grown children and one grandson.
Participation at the 2019 West End Poetry Festival
- Member of the Carrboro Poets Council, the festival’s volunteer planning committee
- Poets reception & curated open mic | Wednesday/Thursday, October 16-17 | 6:30 pm | Johnny’s & Cats Cradle Back Room
For a full schedule and descriptions of all sessions, see the festival schedule.