Susan Bourrie grew up in LaSalle, Illinois where she wrote, published, and won awards for her light verse and moved to Michigan where she started writing formalist poetry, song lyrics, and literature for children. Her three children’s narrative poems, “Mortimer J. Readabook, the Medicine Man,” “Admiral Seasalt’s Waterbed,” and “When Mommy Puts Her Jeans On,” were illustrated and published in Humpty Dumpty’s Magazine. She managed the children’s room and wrote weekly public relations articles for the Madison-Jefferson County Public Library in Indiana. Ms. Bourrie attended the first Vassar Institute of Publishing and Writing: Children’s Books in the Marketplace. Her articles about Lloyd C. Douglas and William Holmes McGuffey appeared in The Dictionary of Midwestern Literature. The most exciting class that she completed while in college was an elective, Words & Music, a graduate level workshop for poets and composers that was taught by Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Richard Tillinghast, and Pulitzer Prize winning composer, William Bolcom at The University of Michigan. Ms. Bourrie is a certified teacher/librarian. She taught children’s literature, reading, and writing courses at several universities while earning an Educational Specialist Degree in Literacy. She currently lives in Ann Arbor.