Susan Okie is a doctor, a poet and a former Washington Post medical reporter and science editor. She received her MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College in 2014. Her work has appeared in Prairie SchoonerThe Gettysburg Review, The Bellevue Literary Review, the Journal of the American Medical Association, The Cider Press Review, Passager, Hospital Drive, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Gargoyle, and Beltway Poetry Quarterly. Her poem, “Perseid,” was chosen by Michael Collier as the first-prize winner in the 2012 Bethesda Poetry Contest. Her first collection, a chapbook, Let You Fly, was published in 2018 by Finishing Line Press.


Susan grew up in Los Angeles and settled on the east coast after college and medical school.  She spent almost two decades on the staff of the Post, and later published regular commentaries for the New England Journal of Medicine. A clinical assistant professor of family medicine at Georgetown University Medical School, she teaches patient interviewing and clinical ethics to first-year and second-year medical students. She is the author of two nonfiction books, Fed Up, a book about childhood obesity, and To Space and Back, a children’s book coauthored with the late astronaut Sally Ride.


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