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Susan Bright
1945-2010

Susan Bright, Founder of Plain View Press


It is with great sadness that we announce that our dear colleague and founder of Plain View Press passed away on December 29, 2010 after a brief illness. In the aftermath of this unexpected event, we are regrouping and will continue daily operation of the press. We appreciate your kindness and patience as we go forward.

As a poet, Susan authored 19 books and as an activist, she fought for many a cause, as evidenced by her blog posts. You can read the story in the Austin American Statesman, visit her memorial page or her bio page, or make a contribution to the Susan Bright Writer's Memorial Fund.

Listen to the tribute on KUT.

House Resolution 176 in honor of Susan Bright
WHEREAS, Susan Bright made a lasting impact in the lives of countless people through her dedication to literature and to myriad worthy causes, and those who were privileged to share in her love and affection will forever hold her close in their hearts....


"It is said that the thirst of Earth's great trees calls water from depths which are invisible causing springs to flow"
- Susan Bright

Poet's Tree at Zilker Park, dedicated to Susan Bright

View Susan Bright Reading Poetry for Iconmedia

As a cofounder and active blogger on Earthfamilia.com, Susan's friend and colleague posted this entry which tells the story of her brilliance. Susan Bright

Our Gratitude to John C. Andrews, Susan' husband and co-founder of Plainview Press, who generously worked to keep the press going and who passed away in Feb 2012. Please visit this tribute to a one-of-a-kind Austin original.

Breathing Under Water by Susan Bright Layers of Our Seeing by Susan Bright

House Of the Mother book cover by Susan Bright Tirades and Evidence Of Grace by Susan Bright book cover

Next To the Last Word By Susan Bright Bunny by Susan Bright

Texas House Resolution 176

WHEREAS, The death of Susan Bright of Austin on December 29, 2010, has brought a great loss to the family and friends of this admired poet, publisher, and activist; and

WHEREAS, A native of Pennsylvania, Susan Safford Bright was the daughter of William and Ann Bright; she studied at Stanford University and embarked on a literary career, founding Plain View Press in 1975; it has released more than 350 titles, including many by Texas authors; as publisher and editor, Ms. Bright mentored countless writers, who cherished her advice and kind encouragement; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Bright inspired a host of readers through her 19 collections of verse; she won three Austin Book Awards and received the Violet Crown Award from the Writers’ League of Texas for Tirades and Evidence of Grace; her poetry was published in England by Longram and the Poetry Business Press; and

WHEREAS, For decades, Ms. Bright ardently supported the environment, peace, and women’s issues; she helped organize conferences, workshops, and such events as the Women’s Way Festival, and she gave generously of her time and talents to the Coalition for Visible Ballots and the National Ballot Integrity Project, among other organizations; moreover, she worked tirelessly to protect Barton Springs, where she swam laps year—round; she served on the board of the Save Barton Creek Association and advocated for the springs at city council meetings, where she sometimes recited poems about the beloved Austin landmark; in 1990, the Texas Women’s Political Caucus gave her its Woman of the Year Award; and

WHEREAS, This vibrant Texan was the devoted wife of John Andrews and the proud mother of Daryl Bright Andrews; her warmth and generosity endeared her to a vast network of friends around the country; and,

WHEREAS, Susan Bright made a lasting impact in the lives of countless people through her dedication to literature and to myriad worthy causes, and those who were privileged to share in her love and affection will forever hold her close in their hearts; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 82nd Texas Legislature hereby pay tribute to the life of Susan Bright and extend sincere sympathy to the members of her family: to her husband, John Andrews; to her son, Daryl Bright Andrews; and to her many other relatives and friends; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for her family and that when the Texas House of Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Susan Bright.

 

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