Sue Daly

Sue Daly has written poetry since she attended her first Creative Writing class in high school. After college, she taught pre-school for several years. She also worked as a Library Assistant with the County of Sacramento. Sue continued to work for the County as a Secretary and retired as an Administrative Services Officer in the Department of Human Assistance.

Sue Daly’s chapbook, "A Voice at Last" was published in 2017 by DADs DESK Publishing Co. Her work has also been published in the United Kingdom and in a world-wide collection, "The Marula Poetry Anthology." Sue’s poetry also appears in the recent "Viral Verse Anthology, Poetry of the Pandemic."

Sue created "Plug into Poetry," a monthly bulletin that highlights various poetry readings and writing classes available in the Sacramento area. She also leads the Women’s Writing Group at Wellspring Women’s Center. Sue and Joyce Odam co-facilitate a Poetry Workshop at the Ethel M. Hart Senior Center.

To learn more about Sue Daly and her poetry, visit her Facebook page, "Plug into Poetry with Sue Daly" or send an email to

102 pages of beautiful poetry, illustrated with Helen Plenert's wonderful illustrations and a vibrant cover from Helen that captures the essence of Sue's work.

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When you read these poems you will realize you have stepped “into the abyss of deep space” and you will ask yourself, as the speaker in one of Sue Daly’s poems does: “could this be astral travel?” Here “boundaries of time twist into/the past, present, and future” as the poems grapple with the struggles between joyousness and despair, suffering and forgiveness--as they become a kind of survival manual, but one “that turned into song...keeping the music ever new, / every note a devotion.”

~ Susan Kelly DeWitt, author of Gravitational Tug

We’ve all had those magical moments when we open ourselves to life and little things take on deep meaning, when a small gesture opens the vault of memory, a blustery insight lifts a shroud of despair, a courageous step takes us to the precipice of joy, or when we crack open a book and read the exact words we need to hear at the time. In Language Of The Tea Leaves, Sue Daly captures such moments brilliantly and, like a tea master tasting life’s varietals, the poems she leaves behind on the page are worth a fortune.

~ Nick LeForce, The Transformational Poet

Just as drinking a cup of tea has a stimulating effect on the body, Sue Daly’s new book of poems, Language Of The Tea Leaves, awakens and inspires the human spirit with an overwhelming sense of resolve. Filled with beauty and the grace of gorgeous, lyrical verse, this collection bids a rekindling of the soul. “I’m not some platitude-giving person / I’m a call at two-in-the-morning / when-you-can’t-breathe person.” Captivating imagery and metaphor nourish these pages infused with healing and forgiveness; “the sea forgave/ buried our wounds/ beneath the blue.” With themes ranging from love to the pandemic, Daly carries us through a sometimes dreamlike yet always hopeful journey, prompted by a curative voice that will restore one’s faith in humanity.

~ Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas, author of Epitaph for the Beloved