Susan Astor has worked for Zola Media as a web content writer, editor, and proofreader for just about a year. She greatly enjoys writing blogs, practice content, and various other materials, and interacting with the extremely intelligent and kind staff at Zola. She is happy to correct the spelling and grammar of her colleagues who so generously assist her with physical and technological tasks.
In her earlier life, Susan worked for over two decades as a poet in the public schools, teaching students from K-12 to write meaningful, moving poems. Over the years, she taught 20,000 students in 40 school districts in Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties. She has also worked as a freelance editor for private individuals, editing a good number of manuscripts (poetry, fiction, autobiography, theses) that went on to be published. In addition, she has ghostwritten a short story and part of a novel. Susan has been a poet since early childhood. Her poems have been published in over 100 magazines and journals and she has won several prestigious awards for her work. She has two published poetry collections, one published by The University of Georgia Press and one self-published.
What do you love most about your current role?
Researching, writing, editing diverse material and working with witty, helpful, diligent colleagues.
What motivates you?
Creative impulse, the desire to please myself and others (often simultaneously), the desire to do the best job possible, the desire to connect with others in a meaningful way.
What is something that surprised you about working here or in your area?
The amazing atmosphere of Zola, which is comfortable, easy and full of kindness, but in which everyone works very hard and very efficiently.
What are some of achievements you’re most proud of?
Raising two amazing daughters who expanded our family by marrying wonderful spouses, having a truly remarkable grandson, having written two published books of poetry, having taught many thousands of students of all ages to write and enjoy poetry, having been able to develop a second career that revitalizes me.
What are some of your major goals in life?
To write meaningful words and have them read, to love and be loved.
What did you want to grow up to be as a kid?
Writer, archaeologist, cowboy.