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Poet, playwright, essayist, editor and co-founder of IKON magazine, Susan Sherman has had twelve plays produced off-off-Broadway, has published four collections of poetry and an adaptation of a Cuban play by Pepe Carril, Shango de Ima (Doubleday, 1971) which won 11 AUDELCO awards for a 1996 revival produced by the Nuyorican Poets Café. Noted Historian Blanche Wiesen Cook calls her book of collected essays and poems, The Color of the Heart: Writing from Struggle & Change, 1959-1990 (Curbstone), "...a powerful and sensitive picture of our history no informed reader should be without." Her latest book America's Child: A Woman's Journey through the Radical Sixties (Curbstone, November 2007) has garnered critical acclaim from the New York Times Book Review, Booklist, Publishers Weekly and Lambda Book Review and numerous authors, including Grace Paley, Claribel Alegria and Chuck Wachtel.

Sherman's awards include a 1997 fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts for Creative Nonfiction Literature, a 1990 NYFA fellowship for Poetry, a Puffin Foundation Grant (1992), a Creative Artist's Public Service (CAPS) poetry grant (1966) and editors' awards from the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines (CCLM) and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).

Originally from California, she moved to New York in 1961 where she became artistically and politically active. In the 1960s she was poetry editor and a theater critic for The Village Voice and ran the open readings along with Allen Katzman and Carol Berge at the Metro Café. She traveled to Cuba in 1968 to attend the Cultural Congress of Havana and returned there for an extended stay a year later. She taught at the Free University of New York and the Alternate U., co-founded and edited IKON magazine and opened IKON bookstore which served as a cultural and movement center.

In 1970 she was involved in the Fifth Street Women's Building squatter's action, after which she became active in the feminist movement and the gay liberation movement. In 1971 she traveled to Chile while Allende was still in power. In 1975 she taught at the feminist institute Sagaris and in 1984 attended a conference on Central America in Nicaragua and revived IKON as a feminist magazine. After almost twenty years, she returned to Cuba in the 1990s as part of a feminist trip organized by Margaret Randell.

Among other periodicals and anthologies, her work has been published in Changer L'Amérique: Anthologie de la Poésie Protestataire des USA (1980-1995), The Arc of Love, An Ear to the Ground, Poetry (Chicago), The American Poetry Review, The Nation, Conditions, A Gathering of the Tribes, El Corno Emplumado, and Heresies.

She is currently working on Nirvana on Ninth Streether first book of fictionand The Counterfeit Revolution: The Future by Design. She teaches part-time at Parsons The New School of Design.

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