Suzanne Highland is a queer, Southern poet and essayist from the Gulf Coast of Florida. She has a BA from Florida State University and an MFA from Hunter College, where she received the Miriam Weinberg Richter Award for Conspicuous Ability in English in 2016. She has also received support from Art Farm, the 92nd Street Y, Sundress Academy for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and Brooklyn Poets, where she was a fellow in the summer of 2018. In 2021 and 2022, Suzanne's work was nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize, and she is the voice behind Mortal Lives, a monthly essay series about ecology, money, death and birds, available on Substack.
In addition to being a writer, curriculum developer, and teacher, Suzanne is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator specializing in the care and release of injured and sick wild animals in New York City, where she lives with her partner, the writer and artist heather simon.