Susan Windle is the founder of Voices of a Different Dream, an ensemble of women who offer a unique and inventive blend of poetry and song for the fostering of peace within and among people and nations. With this group and alone, she has been writing and performing poetry in the Philadelphia area for over twenty-five years. A lively and engaging speaker with a strong belief in the healing and transforming power of poetry, she has presented her work in many varied settings—as part of worship services, in nature centers, art and cultural centers, coffee houses, conferences, living rooms, universities and schools, for audiences ranging from the very young to the very old. A lover of artistic collaboration, she has created poem-prints with painter Sara Steele, fine art reproductions in which image and word support and converse with each other.
She is co-author of Already Near You: Poetry in Concert with poet Ellen Ford Mason and, with Voices of a Different Dream, co-creator of two recordings: Unimagined Possibilities and You Know My Name. Susan leads Writing and Drawing Circles for Women, seasonal support groups that use spontaneous writing and drawing as the means to communicate with self and others. Since the onset of the Iraq war, Susan has been gathering poets and lovers of poetry in monthly Peace through Poetry events in her Mt. Airy neighborhood.
A mother of two rapidly growing sons, Susan also brings her work, and the work of other poets, into school settings where she helps children and their teachers engage with poetry through interactive performances.
Susan and sister poet Ellen Ford Mason of Voices of a Different Dream will appear together at Robin’s in the Women’s Spoken Word Series on Monday, September 22.
Kelley White, MD
bio - short form
Quaker, mother of three, Pediatrician in Germantown
for past twenty years, now hundreds of poems out
there, three collections out, three more in
progress, most recently chapbook "rule of thumb" won
the Cynic Prize from Joe Farley's Cynic Press/Ax
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