Susan Terris was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Wellesley College and an M.A. from San Francisco State University. She is the author of several books of poetry, most recently Present Tense (Marsh Hawk Press, 2019). She is a freelance editor of book-length poetry manuscripts, and hosts a series of weekend workshops taught by David St. John. She lives in San Francisco, California.