We Were Lucky with the Rain (Stories)

by Susan Buttenwieser

Debut short story collection, available now from Four Way Books or local bookstores


Upcoming Readings:

Wednesday April 28th, 8 pm CST
Ozarks Poets and Writers Collective, Fayetteville AR. Details to follow

Past events:

September 15th: Book launch at Belmont Books, Belmont, MA with Virginia Pye (Short Life of Happiness)
Watch on YouTube

September 17th: Shakespeare and Co Reading, NYC with Jeffrey Harrison (Between the Lakes) Yona Harvey (You Don’t Have to Go to Mars for Love) and Ricardo Alberto Maldonado (The Life Assignment)

September 30th: Guerrilla Lit Reading Series with Lee Matthew Goldberg (The Ancestor)and Tara Isabel Zambrano (Death, Desire, and Other Destinations)

October 17th: Madison, WI with Lauren Camp (Took House) and Sasha Debevec-MCKenney, Arts and Literature Laboratory

October 20th: The Inner Loop, Washington DC featuring Jose Padua, Megan Alpert, Wiliam Fargason, Will Pittman, Emily Vaughn, Lina Tran, Nadia Pinder

October 23rd: Malvern Books, Austin, TX reading with Charlie Clark (The Newest Employee of the Museum of Ruin) and Brian Komei Dempster (Seize)

November 1st: Bazaar Writing Series, San Francisco, CA with Kathryn Nuernberger and Kathleen Winter

November 10th: Interabang Books, Dallas with Charlie Clark, Brian Komei Dempster and Jeffrey Harrison

November 12th: Rivertown Reading Series, Paducah, KY with Tom Hunley (Here Lies)

December 3rd: BLOOM Reading with Four Way Books with Ricardo Alberto Maldonado, (The Life Assignment), Sydney Lea (Here), Arielle Greenberg (I Live in the Country & other dirty poems), Suzanne Langlois (Bright Glint Gone)

January 10th: Free Association Reading Series, Pittsburgh, PA. Presented by City of Asylum with Tony Norman, M. Soledad Caballero, Sam Pittman.

January 14th: INKy Reading Series, Louisville, KY, with Lynnell Edwards and Joy Priest.

January 16th: At the Inkwell Denver, CO with Carol Guess, Gris Munoz, Andre O. Hoilette on Facebook Live.

January 21st: Old Firehouse Books, Fort Collins, CO. In conversation with Katie Rogin (Life During Wartime).

February 11th: Readings On the Pike, Arlington, VA with Cristina Bejan, Exodus Brownlow, Rhea Dhanbhoora, Robert Foreman, Kendra Fortmeyer, Greg Oldfield, Jeannine Ouellette, Justin Sanders, and Terese Svoboda.

February 12th: Chapter and Verse reading Series, Jamaica Plains, MA, with Jenniefer Martelli and Scott Withiam.


Writing Workshops:

September 15th: Boston Health Care for the Homeless, Boston, MA. Reflect and Restore Writing Workshop with social work interns

September 16th: Boston Health Care for the Homeless, Boston, MA. Reflect and Restore Writing Workshop with parents living in a homeless shelter

October 17th: Reflect and Restore Writing Workshop in collaboration with Arts and Literature Laboratory, Madison, WI

January 12th: Reflect and Restore Writing Workshop with Louisville Literary Arts


Press / Interviews:

Kirkus Reviews: Read Full Review...

Poets & Writers, 5 Over 50, 2020: Read Here...

Writers on Writing interview with Marrie Stone: Read Here...

Skylit: Read Here...

Art Lit Lab Review, Madison, WI: Read Here...



"Buttenwieser’s sketches are more like pathology slides of the human condition than snapshots of happy family picnics."

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