Susan Thomas has a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania and is a self-employed book indexer specializing in medicine. She has won the Iowa Poetry Award from Iowa Review, the Ann Stanford Prize from University of Southern California, first prize from the Spoon River Review and New York Stories and the 2010 MR Prize from the Mississippi Review. Her most recent collection, The Empty Notebook Interrogates Itself is was published in 2011 by Fomite Press. Red Hen Press published her collection, State of Blessed Gluttony (2004), which won their Benjamin Saltman Prize and Last Voyage: Selected Poems of Giovanni Pascoli (2010), which was co-translated with Deborah Brown and Richard Jackson. She also has two chapbooks, The Hand Waves Goodbye (Main Street Rag, 2002) and Voice of the Empty Notebook (Finishing Line Press, 2007). She lives in Marshfield, VT and New York City.