Susan Hayden is a Poet, Playwright, Novelist & Essayist. For three decades, she has been a fixture in the Los Angeles spoken-word community. Hayden writes about being lost and found, about identity and belonging, and about love, grief and healing. Her plays have been produced at The Met Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre’s LA WinterFest, South Coast Rep's Nexus Project, Mark Taper Forum's Other Voices, Ruskin Group Theatre’s CafePlays, etc. Her novel, Cat Stevens Saved My Life, was a Top 100 Finalist in the Inaugural Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award with Penguin Press. Her fiction has appeared in Storie: All Write, The Black Body, on Jewish.com, and in the online journal, Angels Flight literary west (aflwmag.com). Most recently, her poetry has appeared in TribeLA Magazine and in two anthologies: The bestselling Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine: Los Angeles in the 1970s (Rare Bird Lit, Nov. 2016) & I Might Be The Person You Are Talking To: Short Plays From The Los Angeles Underground (Padua Playwrights Press, July 2015). Hayden is the Creator/Producer & Curator of the monthly, mixed-genre literary series, Library Girl, now in its 9th year at the Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica, CA. She donates all proceeds from her show to the theatre. In 2015, she was presented with the Bruria Finkel/Artist In The Community Award by the Santa Monica Arts Commission for her “significant contributions to the energetic discourse within Santa Monica’s arts community.” Hayden has also worked as a Volunteer at Our House Grief Support Center in Medical Education. Her proudest achievement has been raising her son, singer-songwriter Mason Summit. She lives in Sunset Park, Santa Monica.