susan slaviero

Photograph by Matt Valentine

Susan Slaviero’s full-length collection of poetry, CYBORGIA, is available from Mayapple Press. Recent chapbooks include Selections from The Murder Books (Tree Light Books), A Wicked Apple (Hyacinth Girl Press) and Apocrypha (Dancing Girl Press). Her work has appeared in journals Fourteen Hills, Rhino, Oyez Review, Artifice Magazine, PANK and elsewhere. Susan has a BA in English/Professional & Creative Writing from Lewis University. She moonlights as an occasional literary editor and as a performer with the Chicago Poetry Bordello.


Praise for selections from the murder book

This first tiny gem from Tree Light Books is one of the best chapbooks (maybe the best) I’ve encountered all year.
—CJ Opperthauser, Mud Schematic

Slaviero delights in clichés of the genre and manipulates them and writes delightfully about the subject. The poems have lines that stop the reader, shock and drama in their core.
—Richy Campbell, Fade

“The Monster: Classifications and Explanations” won a Pushcart Prize and was reprinted in Pushcart Prize XXVIII Best of the Small Presses.


Online Publications

Characteristics of the Murdered Object” in EIL

True Crime” & “Endgame, or When You Love the Villain” in PANK

Maybe You are a Serial Killer: With a Conscience: Or a Crime Writer” in Requited

Why I Chose Taxidermy as My Art” & “What the Poisoner Said” in Kill Author

Coyote” in Best of the Net (first published in Ghost Ocean)