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Smart & Funny

Vagabond writer and artist Susan diRende moves between worlds with insight and humor, stopping along the way to connect through her writing, art, and teaching to the child of possibility within our hearts. Her narrative is embedded in image, her visual art conjures story, and her teaching triggers imagination through metaphor. From Unpronounceable, a scifi/fantasy farce described as a "utopia with attitude" to American College 101: How to Survive and Thrive in American Colleges and Universities, she enlightens as she entertains and vice versa. Her work is sometimes cerebral, sometimes silly, but always happy.

 
 
 
Susan diRende presents an alternative off-world reality that will transport you out of whatever everyday funk you happen to be in.
— Gerald Everett Jones of Get Published! Radio
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Unpronounceable


Unpronounceable


Unpronounceable

UTOPIA WITH AN ATTITUDE

An interstellar romp, this utopia with attitude follows Rose Delancy, a disgruntled Jersey waitress picked by lottery to represent the Earth on a planet of peaceful, pink blobs. Rose settles in and starts teaching the natives all about humans with the help of Hollywood movies, junk food, and the occasional bout of PMS.


Reminiscent of the space fantasies of Douglas Adams and Kurt Vonnegut, this improbable tale spoofs popular star-trooper fiction, as well as the vain politics of both Washington and Hollywood.
— LASplash.com book review

Unpronounceable Excerpts

I wouldn’t never have left New Jersey, let alone the planet Earth, if it wasn’t for my sister, Alice, who you should know up front got all the genetic engineering bonus points my parents was assigned, leaving me with whatever they could come up naturally, sperm-and-eggwise.
— Rose in Unpronounceable

Family: Why a Jersey Girl Needs to Travel

I’m thinking anyplace still in the same solar system with Alice is not far enough to count as going anywhere, and this is why I never made the effort. Unpronounceable would put over a thousand light-years of interstellar void between me and my sister. I announced my decision to apply right after the minestrone.

Diplomacy: What to do when the President asks if you love your country.

Do I tell the President I couldn’t love a place that was stupid enough to elect him?  Okay, so they never proved the graft, but the massacre and pillage of dissidents in a minor South American dictator’s democratic stronghold was there for everybody to see.  Fortunately for him, Americans actually believe a person who waves the flag while getting rich robbing foreigners and political losers when he whines that he has just been given a raw deal by the press. Me, I buried the family silver the day he took office. So I huff and puff and beg the question, “What a thing to ask a girl from New Jersey!”

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A Year In Miniature


A Year In Miniature


A YEAR IN MINIATURE

PAINTINGS & POETRY

Share author/artist Susan diRende’s creative journey as she travels the world seeking to recharge mind, heart, and spirit. A Year in Miniature began as a visual arts concept to record what she calls her “vagabond year” in small panels inked on plastic credit card blanks with Sharpie pens and other markers. The results drew praise and have had exhibitions in New Zealand, Mexico, Belgium, and the US. In the process of creating this record of a year on the road, the act of looking closely to capture images reflective of place resulted in a series of writings. This first installment in chapbook form presents the 31 pictures created in January and the poems inspired by her experiences.


A Year in Miniature Excerpts

Failure’s Surprise

Each drawing begins with desire
Something calling out to be seen
...

Answering Auden
 –on hearing of the death of a friend

It’s not that I didn’t have questions
Only that asking might provoke answers
Answers that could give me pause
Stop me from going
Out the door
And always away

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Under the Village Tree


Under the Village Tree


Under the Village Tree

A PICTURE BOOK

This picture book, with vibrant renderings of actual village trees around South Korea by artist Yisook Kim, tells the story of how the village tree serves as a central emblem of community life through the 12 months of the year. 


Excerpts from Under the Village Tree

The Village Tree is a playground.

All summer long, children meet their friends and play in the shade of the Village Tree. They share steamed corn, potatoes, seafood, and snacks.

The Village Tree is a silent witness.

The Village Tree holds the history of the village in its arms and waits patiently for those who have left to return and share their stories under its welcoming boughs.

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Higher Education & Language Learning


Higher Education & Language Learning


parts of speech

AVAILABLE ONLY IN KOREAN

A different approach to learning English for people who have studied it for years and still cannot communicate effectively. Using concepts to access both sides of the brain, this book returns you to the basics to rebuild your understanding from the ground up.

 

American College 101

AVAILABLE ONLY IN KOREAN

This book gives you some fundamental principles and a framework of ideas that most students in America bring into the college classroom as well as simple suggestions that you can implement to improve your relationship to your teachers and classmates. These are so basic as to be invisible to most Americans, students and teachers alike.

American College 101 is one of the important books of the first half of 2012.
— Korean Economics News
 
 
Learning social codes comes naturally to humans. If you are human, you are a social being. Once you accept that it’s different here, you will quickly pick up on the rules, particularly if you are prepared to see these differences by reading this book.
— American College 101: How to Survive and Thrive in American Higher Education for International Students
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"It is a very serious thing to be a funny woman"

Feminist humor is not an oxymoron. All female humor is feminist, because all female humor takes over the body of the audience/reader when it triggers a laugh. It isn't just different in that a woman is making the jokes. Women's humor in general has a different shape from the guys' in what I call the "multiple-orgasm model" that is as different from Aristotle's as lipstick is from a hockey stick. (title quote by the 19th Century humorist,  Frances 'Berry" Whitcher)