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 & Prizes

America, We Call Your Name (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2018)
Resist Much/Obey Little (Spuyten Duyvil, 2017)
Northern Music: Poems About and Inspired by Glenn Gould (John Gordon Burke Publisher, 2001)
Travel Notes from the River Styx (Terrapin Books, 2017)
Tracing the Lines (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2013)
Even Now (Backwaters Press, 2008)
Pierre écrite/Words in Stone, translation of poems by Yves Bonnefoy (University of Massachusetts Press, 1976)
Journals: ,
After Hours
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Blue Lyra Review
Cider Press Review
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Escape Into Life
Fifth Wednesday
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Little Star
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Sin Fronteras
South 85 Journal
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Sport Literate
The LBJ: Avian Life, Literary Arts
the museum of americana
The Spoon River Poetry Review
Verse Daily
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Prizes won: 

Mary Blinn Poetry Prize for "Shelter;" 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, Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
European American
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Fluent in: 
English, French
Born in: 
New York City, NY
New York
Raised in: 
New York, Manhattan (KS), Detroit, Storrs (CT)
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Last update: Oct 10, 2019