Susan Okie is a doctor, a poet, and a former Washington Post medical reporter. She received her MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College in January, 2014. Her work has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Bellevue Literary Review, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Passager, Hospital Drive, and Beltway Poetry Quarterly, and is forthcoming in Gargoyle. Her poem, “Perseid,” was chosen by Michael Collier as the first prize winner in the 2012 Bethesda Poetry Contest.
Okie is a clinical assistant professor of family medicine at Georgetown University Medical School, teaching classes in patient interviewing and clinical ethics for first-year and second-year medical students. She is married to Walter Weiss, a former medical school classmate. They live in Bethesda, Md., and have two grown sons.