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Poet publishes collection

Provided to the TribunePoet Suzanne Roberts is also an instructor at Lake Tahoe Community College.
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Suzanne Roberts, a poet and instructor at Lake Tahoe Community College, has just published “Shameless, “a collection of poems. The poems explore the landscapes of relationship and loss, tracing a journey from connection to solitude to larger awareness. Quiet yet fierce, these lyrics paint a memorable portrait of self-discovery.

Bart Edelman, editor of Eclipse, wrote: “Suzanne Robert’s collection, ‘Shameless,’ contains poems of infinite scope, taking us to places we long to visit but, normally, refuse to book passage, simply because the price is too high for the self-discovery the journey offers. Here, however, the poet graciously agrees to peel away the protection we often employ, demanding ‘seven layers of larval skin’ from her readers who are fortunate enough to take the trip.”

Born in New York to a British mother and a Jewish father, Roberts grew up in Southern California. She earned degrees in biology and English at California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo and is finishing a doctorate in literature and the environment at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her dissertation, “The EcoGothic: Pastoral Ideologies and the Gendered Gothic Landscape,” uses pastoral ideologies and contemporary ecofeminist theory to explore the connections between women and nature in the Gothic works of Ann Radcliffe, the Brontës and Emily Dickinson.



Roberts lives in South Lake Tahoe and has taught English for the past eight years at Lake Tahoe Community College. She specializes in foundational English and ESL, creative writing and literature of the environment. She also runs a Writers Series. Her poems, stories and essays have been published in many American and Canadian literary journals and anthologies.

In addition to “Shameless,” she also is the author of “Nothing to You.” Both collections are available at the LTCC bookstore and online at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. She is working on two manuscripts: “Almost Somewhere,” comprised entirely of travel poems, as well as a memoir about hiking the John Muir Trail.



Roberts, who spent her sabbatical traveling through India and South America, recently won National Geographic’s Next Great Travel Writer contest. For two weeks in July, she will travel on assignment to Mongolia with Keith Bellows, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Traveler.

For more information, visit http://www.suzanneroberts.org.


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