Suzanne Rhodenbaugh

Selected Works

Poetry
Southern roots, sundry hurts, hells and losses, to home again.
Poetry
Poems that move from The South to a wider world and witness.
Essays
Includes "Rudy and John" (first publ. in Ascent, on work with the United Mine Workers);"One Heart's Canon" (first publ. in The American Scholar, on poetry I love); "Illegitimacy and Stigma: Living with the Burn" (first publ. in Michigan Quarterly Review, on unwed motherhood and adoption).
Edited Non-fiction
The Civil War diary of a Georgia girl in Louisiana.

Works

The Whole Shebang
(WordTech Communications, 2010)

Narrative and lyric poems first published in Barrow Street, The Hudson Review, River Styx and 21 other journals, chapbooks and anthologies.

"...granite clarity, easy-rolling wit, and a searing honesty."

- Pattiann Rogers

Lick of Sense
(Helicon Nine Editions, 2001)


  • Winner of the 2000 Marianne Moore Poetry Prize.

  • A Pick on BookSense.com.

  • Named one of the 100 Notable Books of the Year by the Kansas City Star.


...as if Elizabeth Bishop suddenly turned up in a Southern Gothic.


- Molly Peacock



The Deepest South I've Gotten and Other Essays
23 short essays on people, places, politics and poetry, essays first written or published from 1971 to 2017.

Sarah's Civil War: The Edited Diary, 1859-1865, of Sarah Lois Wadley
The diary of the eldest daughter of William Morrill Wadley, first head of the Confederate railroads and president of the Central of Georgia RR after the Civil War.
Their Georgia family spent the War first in Vicksburg, then near Monroe in Louisiana.
Both spirited and prim, Sarah records political and war events, landscape, family
doings, domestic and education arrangements, religious strivings, reading and socializing, the slaves and travelers in their purview, and much more. The afterword is the editor's "Reaction of a Descendant."