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Susan Suntree is a Los Angeles based poet, performer, and essayist whose work investigates the dynamics of science, art, and spiritual philosophies as they engage contemporary life. She has presented her poetry and performances nationally and internationally, and has published books of poetry, biography, and creative nonfiction including essays about feminist and activist theatre, as well as translations, essays, reviews, and book chapters. Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California (UNebraskaP), won the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Award for Nonfiction, the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Poetic Narrative, and a Mellon Foundation Award. Suntree adapted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a poem that was set as a choral work by award-winning composer Adrienne Albert and frequently performed (A Choral Quilt of Hope: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights). Suntree’s life-long engagement with environmental and community issues include creating performances presented outdoors and other spaces open to all, and using giant puppets, poetry, song, and dance to awaken the creative spirit to action on behalf of what is wild, communal, and generous.