Susan Abbott is a 65+ lesbian painter and poet who lives in Desert Hot Springs with her partner of 44 yrs., Dee dee Bloom. She worked for many years in health care settings, the last decade of which was as an interdisciplinary interfaith hospice chaplain for people in the end stages of Alzheimer’s and other dementia. She grew up outside of Boston and was involved in the founding of the Elizabeth Stone House. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University (BA), University of California-Berkeley (MA), and Starr King School for the Ministry (M.Div.). Her poetry chapbook “Nasty Woman Rise: The Dream and The Curse” was published by Cholla Needles in 2017. She is a contributor to “Feckless Cunt – A Feminist Anthology” edited by Susan Rukeyser and published by World Split Open Press (Sept. 2018). Susan is a member of the Artists Colony of Morongo Valley and the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council and will be participating in this year’s Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours in October. Visit her Facebook arts page at Susan Abbott Watercolors or on Instagram @smtabbott.