Susie DeFord studied poetry at Florida State University, and received her MFA from the New School University. Her work has appeared in BOMB, Poets and Artists, Mipoesias, Work Zine, Dog Fancy, Shampoo, the Anthology "Dogs Singing," amongst others. She has taught writing at Brooklyn Friends School, Berkeley Carroll, and the College of New Rochelle. Also a musician, she fronted the bands Terset and Wu Wei. Susie is a CPDT-KA dog trainer who lives in Brooklyn, where she runs Susie’s Pet Care, a dog walking, training and pet sitting business. She writes the blog Dog Poet Laureate.