Susan's Writings, Songs, and Other Works
Disillusions of Grandeur (and Other Eye-Openers) is a thought-provoking poetry collection for teenage to adult readers. Offering ironic and profound realizations about everyday life and interpersonal connections, Susan L. Lipson’s poems call attention to the magic within mundane experiences and the absurdity within certain aspects of society. The variety of classical and modern poetic styles aims to communicate and connect with a diverse audience who might not usually buy a book of poetry. Because the poet is also a writing coach, her poems naturally evoke discussions by aspiring poets, book groups, and literature/writing classes. Susan even includes some links to Soundcloud.com, where she has uploaded musical recordings of some of the poems that are actually song lyrics.
Some recently published poems:
“Sharing Wounds While Card Shopping,” in Rattle Magazine
Various poetic pieces, The Jewish Writing Project blog
“Apparitions of Former Selves,” Scapegoat Review
“Buried Tree,” Plants and Poetry Journal:
“Cleansing Waters,” Haunted Waters Press
"Dance of the Trees" is a song by Susan, written during the writing of her first children's novel, now an ebook called The Secret in the Wood. As the main character Sara is gazing out the window, feeling sad about moving out of her home, she hears this song emanating from the trees that sway in the wind outside her window. This original tune was arranged by Susan's former writing student, an internationally known cellist, Tina Guo (look her up!). Click on the sheet music to download a copy and play it yourself.
Album of Sacred Songs
Songs for Divine Conversations
Susan L. Lipson, lyrics & music, lead singer Sam Glaser, producer/arranger/accompanist
Band: Ian Lipson (guitar, bass), Elle Lipson (background vocals, Alex Al (bass), Donald Barrett (percussion), Sam Glaser (piano, background vocals), among others.
Coming in Summer 2022!
Recording the first album at Glaser MusicWorks, Los Angeles, with Sam Glaser, Ian Lipson, and Elle Lipson.
Fiction for Kids
The Secret in the Wood, a contemporary fantasy for middle-grade readers, is the enhanced e-book version of the trade paperback originally titled Knock on Wood The e-book features hidden images within the pictures, viewable via a link (and viewable via red-lensed, cardboard glasses in the paperback). The interactive pictures reinforce the concept of the book: finding magic in one's ordinary life is all about changing one's perspective. The Secret in the Wood introduces two 10-year-olds, Sara and Jonathan, who meet when Jonathan's parents buy Sara's beloved home, and then share a startling discovery: a lively tree fairy, Althea, who is trapped in the wood panel of Sara's bedroom wall! The kids team up to free the fairy, learning a lot about moving out, and moving on, in the process.
"Lipson's tale speaks profoundly to her readers about
the importance of learning how to make the best of
uncomfortable situations..." - Children's Literature
"...wonderfully crafted...highly entertaining...and
thought-provoking..." - Midwest Book Review
Writing Success Through Poetry (Prufrock Press) offers poetry prompts and exercises to build writing skills for all genres. This textbook features ready-to-use lessons to suit multiple skill levels for a writing workshop or small group lessons. Student samples, editorial checklists, and guiding questions enhance this engaging program.
Visit my teaching blog: https://susanllipsonwritingteacher.blogspot.com.
Susan teaches adult poets, too!
My short memoir, “Connections,” about an otherworldly connection with a dear friend/mentor, was featured by Dr. Amy Robbins on her podcast, “Life, Death, and the Space Between.” This story was previously published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams and Premonitions.