Suzanne, Lauren



This chapbook renders the loss of mothers through haunting sweeps of images rooted in childhood and hospital rooms, churches and birds. The poets' voices, augmented by those of two siblings, are amplified by the poems' musical invocations-ode, hymn, recitative. As this chorus intones "the gap in space where you should be," a refrain that echoes through each poem, Malone and Suzanne deliver a collection that blends aria and elegy.-Annette Sisson, author of A Casting Off (2019, Finishing Line Press) and Small Fish in High Branches (2022, Glass Lyre Press)


Lauren Suzanne is a poet from Nashville, TN, whose work explores the experience of growing up as a queer woman in the South. An alumna of Belmont University and the University of Chicago, Lauren has a Master of Arts in English and in Art History and Museum Curation. Her chapbook, Mother. Grave. Ghost. (2022 Finishing Line Press), that she co-wrote with Dana Malone covers topics of grief of losing a mother, mental health, and childhood trauma. Lauren's work has been published in The Talon Review, The Maine Review, Common Forms, The Crambo, and The 601. She lives in Chicago, IL.