Susana Rinderle is a Los Angeles native who has also called Mexico home, and considers herself a “dual citizen of California and New Mexico.” She has been a poet, writer, musician and songwriter since childhood. She won a poetry competition at age 17 and her winning piece was published, but she didn’t start performing spoken word until her 40’s. She began competing in Albuquerque poetry slams in 2013. That year she placed 4th in the city championship and 4th in the Women of the World local qualifying competition.
Susana believes poetry is a vital force for social and personal change, and is grateful for its unique power to give voice and bring healing. Her work typically focuses on romantic and family relationships, identity and womanhood. She has been described by audience members as “intense yet uplifting”, “indignant”, “healing”, “hopeful” and “giving voice to women’s issues we can relate to, in a positive way”.
You can read Susana’s work in the Malpais Review; Snapdragon Journal; Deep Times: A Journal of the Work That Reconnects; Catching Calliope; We Don’t Break, We Burn: Poems of Resilience; Fixed & Free Poetry Anthology 2021, and at www.purplelyrics.org.
- Love Cage: Sunken Chest is a photograph by D & L Graphics
- Resolution: Eevee courtesy of Emily Grant
- Instructions: Calm in the Midst of Chaos is a photograph by Janet Young, 2017.