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Susanna Lang

Author's Bio

I want my poems to turn outward, towards other lives and other worlds, and the physical world we are all immersed in, rather than to recount my own small existence. This is how I understand the poetry of witness—witness not only to the injustices and bereavements that we should all find intolerable, but to the wonder of other lives. I want my poems to pay tribute to what we all live, and to what we all could lose. John Hersey said that “What has kept the world safe from the bomb since 1945 has not been deterrence, in the sense of fear of specific weapons, so much as it’s been memory.” I want my poems to be that kind of memory.

Publications and Prizes

Even Now (The Backwaters Press, 2008)
Northern Music: Poems About and Inspired by Glenn Gould (John Gordon Burke Publisher, 2001)
After Hours, Babel Fruit, Baltimore Review, Big Toe Review, Cafe Review, Damselfly Press, Earth's Daughters, Fifth Wednesday, Green Mountains Review, Inkwell, jubilat, Mobius, New Letters, Pure Francis, Qarrtsiluni, RHINO, Seeding the Snow, Sport Literate, The LBJ: Avian Life, Literary Arts, The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Verse Daily
2010 Emerging Writer Fellowship from The Writer's Center (Bethesda, MD); 2009 Inkwell competition for "Condemned;" 1999 Illinois Arts Council Award for "Gould's Art of the Fugue."

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
I'll ask you three times, are you OK? by Naomi Shihab Nye, The Darkness is Light Enough by Chris Ferris, The Shadow of Sirius by W. S. Merwin, The Wind Blows Through the Doors of My Heart by Deborah Digges, Names by Marilyn Hacker
Favorite Books:
Leaves of Grass
Favorite Authors:
Maxine Kumin, Robert Cording, Michael Dennis Browne, Theodore Deppe, Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Louise Glück, Naomi Shihab Nye, Lucille Clifton

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Listing last updated: November 23, 2010

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European American
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Born in:
New York City, NY
Raised in:
New York, Manhattan (KS), Detroit, Storrs

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