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Who I am:
Suzi Banks Baum makes community wherever she goes. FeMail artist, writer, actor, producer, teacher and mother, Suzi expresses from inside mothering, makes art that is collaborative and celebratory and hosts opportunities for others to do the same. Out of the Mouths of Babes: An Evening of Mothers Reading to Others ran for its third year as the opening event for the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. She offered new writing in the Motherhood Out Loud production by WAM Theatre this March, spoke about courage in front of Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom From Fear” painting in collaboration with Joanne Spies and led a Rites of Passage writing workshop for Pooja Rue at the Whitney Center for the Arts in Pittsfield.

Suzi teaches writing in her Powder Keg Sessions. She inspires authors and artists to engage authentically online in her Rampant Sisterhood workshops. Suzi makes hand bound books and mixed media collages in her studio in Great Barrington. Her home orchard provides fruit for jamming and her two teens provide plenty of excitement to write about. Her website, Laundry Line Divine hosts her own writing and a guest blog series on mothering and creativity.

From the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Suzi’s professional life in theatre began at Northern Michigan University, continued to Actor’s Theatre of Louisville and like all magnets to a pole, New York City. She sewed costumes for theatre and dance, including costumes for Martha Graham’s dance company. Suzi has a wide base of training in performing arts and fine arts. Suzi is a graduate of the School of the Womanly Arts Mastery program. Passionate about the handcraft arts, Suzi is a frequent student at IS-183 and had the honor of being part of Paulus Berensohn’s last workshop at Penland, Slow and Savor. Her work with Paulus continues to fuel all her community making and artwork.

Published in March 2013, An Anthology of Babes: 36 Women Give Motherhood a Voice is her first book. Featured in the book is writing about FeMail, Suzi’s collaboration with Karen Arp-Sandel. A 7-year mail art exchange, FeMail creates art events with the Berkshire Art Kitchen, Alchemy Initiative, Kripalu, The Story of Mum and the Museum of Motherhood in New York City. The International Sketch Book Tour includes Suzi’s altered book titled, Listing to the Left.

Suzi Banks Baum loves hanging laundry. Her upcoming book, Laundry Line Divine: A Wild Soul Book for Mothers recounts the wild tale of her adventures raising her self while raising her children.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
I blog at
Tweet @laundrylinediv
Run a blog series on mothering and creativity at
Find me on Facebook at Laundry Line Divine
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Stephanie Gunning The Writer's Book of Inspiration
Miranda Hersey Helin The Creative Mother’s Guide: Six Creative Practices for the Early Years

Edited and contributed to An Anthology of Babes: 36 Women Give Motherhood a Voice
Media outlets that I currently write for:
Berkshire Family Focus This Mom's Beach Bucket List
My writing is:
Nonfiction, Memoir, Blog Posts
Services I offer to other writers:
I lead writing workshops in the Berkshires called The Powder Keg Sessions. One meets weekly at the Ramsdell Library in Housatonic and the other meets monthly. Email me for details.

I also offer writing and art workshops around the themes of daily writing practices, mothering and creativity to conferences and other gatherings for the International Women’s Writing Guild and other venues. Check out IWWG Summer Conference here.
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
Journey Women Group of the Berkshires, Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, The Avocado Sisterhood with Marj Hahne
My professional associations:
Berkshire Festival of Women Writers
International Women's Writing Guild
Women's Voices, Women's Visions
Michigan Writers
Tracking Wonder
I found out about She Writes from:
Joanne Tombrakos

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At 5:04am on November 25, 2013, Marilyn Bousquin said…

Hi, Suzy. Thanks so much for reaching out. I would love to connect and look so forward to learning about your writing. Big best, Marilyn

At 8:47pm on January 10, 2013, Julie Luek said…

Thanks for the friend invite, Suzi-- I'm looking forward to connecting with you.

At 10:20pm on March 21, 2012, Kuukua Dzigbordi Yomekpe said…

Hi Suzi

Were you are AWP?

At 10:18am on February 14, 2012, Marion Roach Smith said…

Hi, Suzi

Thanks for the boost for my memoir posts on the site, and thanks for the friendship.

I've been wanting to do something here forever. Delighted to be asked.

How's your work coming along?



At 9:31pm on November 26, 2011, RYCJ said…

Hi Suzi,

As promised I’m checking in on you to see how you are coming along with your three wishes. I truly hope things are moving along for you; your website and finding the perfect venue for your writing and to engage with other professionals. Though I don’t want you to stress about it, but do want you to know I’m really rooting for you.

Rhonda (RYCJ)

At 9:30pm on September 28, 2011, Samantha Anastacia said…

Hello Suzi!

Thankk you for joining my group Blooming Late!

I saw your blog and it is very nice with the pictures and very innovative with the "one new thing" part and all.

I see you've been about the site already which makes me glad! If you ahvent already done so please introduce yourself to the group in our To Kick It Off discussion and please make sure to list your blog in OUR GROUPS BLOG in the pages section to the left of the groups main page.

I bet you have already noticed that this group has an amazing group of women here who are a real source of support, encouragement and inspiration for your writing and I am glad you are among them!

So glad you are here and WELCOME to the group!

Samantha Stacia

At 9:57am on April 14, 2011, Charlotte Watson Sherman said…
Suzi, I read your poem you posted last year and tried to comment on it but the comment posted to another poem, but I just want to say thankyou thankyou thankyou for such a beautiful poem about your friend, Roger.
At 10:41am on April 5, 2011, Frannie Sheridan said…

Memoir and Fiction



At 11:52am on March 31, 2011, Justine Alia said…

Wonderful to be introduced Suzi.  Well I was many a places (Canada and the United States) but happy to be back home right now.  I am rejoiced to discover that you are seeing and celebrating the sacred in daily life, what a treasure.

- Justine

At 6:12pm on March 30, 2011, Thelma Zirkelbach said…
Hi, new friend.  I enjoy your blog.

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Going First: Beginning (or continuing) a conversation about the creative lives of women

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Jan Phillips and I spent time together in June at Women's Voices, Women's Visions at Skidmore College. photo by Denice Jelley Jan Phillips and I spent time together in June at Women's Voices, Women's Visions at Skidmore College. photo by Denice Jelley

I am very curious about conversation.

I love to talk with people about more than the weather.

I want to know what you think, how you see the world and what strikes you as beautiful, memorable or important.

And I want to know what…


Writing Motherhood: Driving with teens

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Catherine driving Driving Mother

by Suzi Banks Baum

One tangle of mothering teens is this:

You emerge from sleep. You hear your teen making a smoothie. She is grinding what sounds to be at least two cement blocks lugged from the garage at a pre-dawn hour and placed without liquid in the Vitamix. You decide that getting up is better than pretending to sleep. Recalling an… Continue

Writing with #100DAYSwriting and Stephanie Gunning

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Word clouds give me new phrases to use in my writing. They jar me. Word clouds give me new phrases to use in my writing. They jar me.


If you were to ask me, “what does it take to settle down to write?”,

I would say it depends on the urgency of dream images

cluttering my vision, before my eyelids part to let the day in.

I would answer that differently depending on the color of the sky when I first open…


Out of the Mouths of Babes: An Evening of Mothers Reading to Others this Saturday evening, March 1

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Third Annual “Out of the Mouths of Babes” at Berkshire Festival of Women Writers on March 1, 2014

February 24, 2014

Great Barrington, MA –

Whether you’ve been tending a fevered child all night, struggling with a creative drought, or exploring your relationship with…



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