Suzi Banks Baum
Suzi Banks Baum loves hanging laundry. An artist and writer, she created ‘Out of the Mouths of Babes: An Evening of Mothers Reading to Others” for the March 2012 Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. She leads the ‘Powder Keg Sessions: a writing workshop for mothers and others’ at Simon’s Rock College. Suzi is a mixed media collage artist, doodler, actor and book maker, she grows fruit and makes jam and writes about seeing and celebrating the sacred in daily life at Laundry Line Divine.
Suzi is an actor by training. She grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She began her professional life in theatre while at Northern Michigan University, continued to Actor’s Theatre of Louisville and like all magnets to a pole, New York City. Along the way she honed her skills as a multi-faceted fiber artist, sewing costumes for theatre and dance. Suzi got to create costumes with one of her she-ros, Martha Graham. Suzi has a wide base of training in performing arts and fine arts. Suzi is a 5 time graduate of the School of the Womanly Arts Mastery program.
“An Anthology of Babes: 30 Women Give Motherhood a Voice” is her first publication and collects the writings of the authors from her March 2012 Berkshire Festival of Women Writers event and the blog series here on LLD. Suzi collaborates with Karen Arp-Sandel as FeMail, an over six-year mail art exchange. FeMail is associated with the Berkshire Art Kitchen and Museum of Motherhood in New York City. Last April, Suzi appeared in WAM’s 24 Hour Theatre Project in Cindy Parrish’s play, The People of Corn.
Her upcoming book, “Laundry Line Divine: A Wild Soul Book for Mothers” recounts the wild tale of her adventures raising herself while raising her children. Suzi loves nothing more than swimming in rivers, lakes and oceans with her husband and 2 teenagers who live with her in Great Barrington, MA.