Susan's bio

Susan Vittitow Mark

Ohio is the birthplace of Susan Vittitow Mark and 25 astronauts, so it's apparently a place known for making people want to leave the planet. Twenty-two years ago, she settled for as far away as Alaska for a summer. On her return to the Buckeye State, to her mother's (ahem) delight, she announced she met a guy up there and was moving to Utah with him to be a ski bum. She's lived in the West ever since. Today, home is Cheyenne, Wyoming, where she lives in a pink stone house and is married to that same guy she met. (The husband insists the house color is "salmon.")

Along the journey, she landed a job as a reporter for The Park Record in Park City, Utah, and discovered she was a writer. After moving to Wyoming, she was owner, publisher and staff of  the now defunct Tongue River News in Ranchester (circulation 300!) and later worked for The Sheridan Press as news editor. After moving to Cheyenne, she worked in publications for the Wyoming State Library, including a three-year stint as staff writer for the Wyoming Library Roundup. Her publication credits include several poems included in chapbooks, her essay "Jean" published in the Woven on the Wind anthology in 2001, and her poem "Canoeing on Saturday" published in the anthology Blood, Water, Wind, and Stone from Sasstrugi Press in 2016.

She works as a publications specialist for the Wyoming State Library, in charge of the agency's monthly newsletter and social media presence.. She is a past president of Wyoming Writers and is a recipient of the Emmie Mygatt Award for outstanding service to the organization. She is also the WyoPoets webmaster and chair of the WyoPoets Eugene V. Shea National Poetry Contest.

Today, she'd describe herself as someone who dabbles in a little of this and that, genre-wise, and just wants to find joy in her writing.

Associations
Webmaster and Eugene V. SheaNational Contest Chair, WyoPoets
Past president, Wyoming Writers, Inc.
Nominations chair, Wyoming Library Association

Awards
Wyoming Writers Inc. Milestone Award, 2016
WyoPoets Award for Excellence, 2015
2nd place, nonfiction, Wyoming Writers Inc. 2014 contest -- Grandmothers May Come and Go, but Acrylic Yarn is Forever
March 2014 WyoPoets Featured Member
1st Honorable Mention,  WyoPoets Eugene V. Shea Annual National Contest 2013 -- Schrodinger's Daughter
1st place, WyoPoets Members-Only Contest 2013 -- Aladdin: Population 15
2003 High Plains Register Poetry Prize -- Notes to my dog
2nd place, free verse poetry, Wyoming Writers Inc. 2001 annual contest -- At eight and at seventeen
1st place, adult fiction, Wyoming Writers 2000 annual contest -- Old Lady Hands
Emmie Mygatt Award for outstanding service to Wyoming Writers Inc.

Writing Employment
Publications specialist, Wyoming State Library, 2015-present
Newsletter writer 2009-2015: News to Use and Foundations
Staff writer, Wyoming Library Roundup, 2004-2007
Publications specialist, Wyoming State Library, 1998-2001
News editor, Sheridan Press, Sheridan WY, 1995-1998
Owner/publisher, Tongue River News, Ranchester WY, 1995
Education and business reporter, Park Record, Park City UT, 1993-1994

Publication Credits
Essay "Jean" in Woven on the Wind: Women Write about Friendship in the Sagebrush West anthology, published by Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
Short story "Old Lady Hands" in An Anthology of Writing, 2000 published by Wyoming Writers, Inc.
Poems have been published in The MacGuffin, Tulip Tree Review, High Plains Register, Cheyenne Serendipity Poets chapbook, and the WyoPoets newsletter.

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