Monday, 28 August 2017
Sign-up wraps up at 8:00 and the show starts, Susan will be featured around 8:40
SUSAN HAYDEN is a poet, playwright, novelist & essayist. A second-generation Angeleno, she is most interested in writing about identity and belonging and the search for home. Her plays have been produced at The Met Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre’s LA WinterFest, South Coast Rep’s Nexus Project, Mark Taper Forum’s Other Voices, The Lost Studio, etc. Her essays and fiction have appeared in numerous publications including The Black Body, edited by Meri Nana-Ama Danquah (Seven Stories Press) and in Storie, an international cultural journal based in Rome. Most recently, her work has been published in two anthologies: The bestselling “Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine: Los Angeles in the 1970s” (Rare Bird Lit, Nov. 2016) & “I Might Be The Person You Are Talking To: Short Plays From The Los Angeles Underground” (Padua Playwrights Press, July 2015). Hayden is also a Producer of Literary Events.
Hayden is the Creator/Curator of the monthly series, Library Girl, now in its 8th year at the Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica, CA. (Library Girl has a Facebook Group page.) She co-produces another monthly show in Chinatown called The Window @A.G. Geiger (with poet Alexis Rhone Fancher.) In 2015, she was presented with the Artist In The Community Award by the Santa Monica Arts Commission for her “significant contributions to the energetic discourse within Santa Monica’s arts community.”
Upcoming projects include a theatre piece about emerging from grief after the sudden loss of her longtime husband and creative partner. She is currently at work on a book of poetry to be published by Punk Hostage Press. Hayden is the proud mother of singer-songwriter Mason Summit. She resides in Sunset Park, Santa Monica.