Susanna Lang

3810 N. Richmond St.
Chicago, IL 60618

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)
, Tracing the Lines
(Brick Road Poetry Press, 2013)
, Travel Notes from the River Styx
(Terrapin Books, 2017)
Northern Music: Poems About and Inspired by Glenn Gould
(John Gordon Burke Publisher, 2001)
, Resist Much/Obey Little
(Spuyten Duyvil , 2017)
About Place Journal, After Hours, Baltimore Review, Blast Furnace, Blue Lyra Review, Cider Press Review, Cimarron Review, Damselfly Press, Escape Into Life, Fifth Wednesday, Green Mountains Review, Inkwell, jubilat, Little Star, Mobius, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, Prime Number Magazine, RHINO, Sin Fronteras, South 85 Journal, Southern Humanities Review, Sport Literate, Terrain, The LBJ: Avian Life, Literary Arts, the museum of americana, The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Verse Daily, Waccamaw, WomenArts Quarterly Journal
Prizes Won: 
Longish Poem Contest from Blue Lyra Review; First Prize in Prime Number Magazine Poetry Contest; finalist for Auburn Witness Prize (Southern Humanities Review) and Hearst Poetry Prize (North American Review); Hambidge Fellow in 2010 and 2015; 2011 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: 
Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay
Deep Lane by Mark Doty
Walking Backwards by Lee Sharkey
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

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European American
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New York City, NY
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New York, Manhattan (KS), Detroit, Storrs (CT)
Anna’s Daughters We are everywhere the same, listening To the scrape and turn of hateful keys And the heavy tread of marching soldiers. —Anna Akhmatova, “Requiem” The women are gathering again in the streets, getting in line again before bolted doors. The wind blows cold: it will be an early winter. There are lists again that the women will search through. They will skim the names quickly, then reread with care. Anna said she could describe it for all of us, we who rise early, drawn to the prison doors as if they opened onto an altar. The river is covered again with ice though we’d thought this winter couldn’t be as cold.
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Last updated: Aug 26, 2017