I’m a writer living and working in the Milwaukee metro area. My poetry and short fiction have appeared in both print and online publications, including Willow ReviewThunderclap!Postcard ShortsVestal ReviewMicrowFull of CrowMidwestern Gothic, and Blink Ink. Susan Kolens; Susan K. Maciolek; and Lily Mack – a pen name – are all me. I’ve also written a young adult novel that’s now in final revisions. Check out excerpts of my writing by clicking on the Notebook link on this website.

I draw, too, and you can click on the Sketchbook link to see some of my artwork. My drawings and collage have been displayed in 15 exhibits throughout Illinois and Wisconsin in years past. Currently I have work on view in my Oak Creek studio. Other projects include writing and illustrating three picture books, Adobe DreamsTwirl, and Chiffon.

I’m a veteran of a several writers’ groups and long-time participant in Red Bird/Red Oak Studio round tables. For the past five years I’ve been a member of the VC Writers, a critique group that meets twice a month in Cudahy, Wisconsin

• BA degree in English, U of Illinois @ UC
• Wisconsin Women in the Arts (now defunct)
• Women’s Caucus for Art (Milwaukee Chapter (defunct)
• Illustrators & Designers of Milwaukee (defunct)
• Guild of Natural Science Illustrators 
• Wisconsin Regional Writers’ Association 
• Children’s Reading Round Table 
• Society of Children’s Bookwriters & Illustrators 
• Bay View Artists Guild
• Copywriter for ad agency
• Graphic artist for medical school
• Ed asst & curriculum writer for Navy training center
• Illustrator for medical center
• Art director for natural resources agency

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