Susan Gardner is poet, painter, photographer, and founding editor of Red Mountain Press. She has lived and worked in Asia, Mexico, and Europe as well as North America, and is the author of five books of poetry and a memoir. She delivered the Cam Memorial Lecture at the New York Public Library, where she was honored to be granted a year in the Allen Room. She has presented programs at the Freer Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and the Folger Library, extensive lectures and readings, and many exhibitions in museums and galleries. She has been invited to residencies at Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Armaghkerrig, Ireland 2021, American Academy in Rome, Visiting Artist, 2018, 2019, Shankill Castle, Ireland 2017, Community for Creative Work, Truchas, New Mexico, 2015, Artscape, Toronto, 2008, 2009, Maryland Institute College of Art (Klots Residency), Rochefort-en-Terre, France, 2007, Can Serrat, Barcelona, 2004, and others in interesting places.

She has been a scholarly researcher, teacher, house builder and landscape designer.