Suzanne Roberts

Suzanne Roberts


Suzanne Roberts is a travel writer, memoirist, and poet. Her books include the award-winning memoir Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail (Bison Books, 2012), and the poetry books Plotting Temporality (Pecan Grove Press, 2012),Three Hours to Burn a Body: Poems on Travel (Cherry Grove Collections, 2011), Nothing to You (Pecan Grove Press, 2008), and Shameless (Cherry Grove Collections, 2007). Her essays have been anthologized in The Kiss: Intimacies from Writers, The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader, Southern Sin: True Stories of the Sultry South and Women Behaving Badly, Best Women’s Travel Writing, Tahoe Blues, and elsewhere.

Her poems, stories, and essays have been published in many literary journals, such as Creative Nonfiction, ZYZZYVA, ISLE, Brevity, Fourth River, River Teeth, National Geographic Traveler, Alligator Juniper, Atlanta Review, Gulf Stream, and South American Explorers. Suzanne was named “The Next Great Travel Writer” by National Geographic’s Traveler, and one of her essays was listed as notable in 2015 in the Best American Essays. She is a two-time recipient of the McMillan and Randall Reid Creative Writing Awards from the University of Nevada Reno, and she won first prize in the Creative Nonfiction Contest, the Fourth River International Poetry Contest. She is the recipient of the 2011 Eda Kriseova Fellowship in Prague. She currently lives in South Lake Tahoe, California.


  • M.A., English, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
  • Ph.D., Literature and the Environment, University of Nevada, Reno