Pen Name: None
Born: 1956 in New York City, NY
Lang moved to Chicago after graduating from college in 1977, and has lived there ever since. She has taught in the Chicago Public Schools since 1992.
Biographical and Professional Information
Susanna Lang’s most recent collection of poems, Travel Notes from the River Styx, was released in June 2017 by Terrapin Books. Other collections include Tracing the Lines (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2013) and Even Now (The Backwaters Press, 2008) as well as a chapbook, Two by Two (Finishing Line Press, 2011). A two-time Hambidge fellow and a recipient of the Emerging Writers Fellowship from the Bethesda Writer’s Center, she has published original poems and translations from the French in such journals as Little Star, Prairie Schooner, december, Blue Lyra Review, Prime Number Magazine and Verse Daily. Her translations of poetry by Yves Bonnefoy include Words in Stone and The Origin of Language. Among her current projects is Self-Portraits, a chapbook collection of ekphrastic poems focused on women across the arts.
- Even Now, The Backwaters Press, 2008
- Tracing the Lines, Brick Road Poetry Press, 2013
- Travel Notes from the River Styx, Terrapin Books, 2017
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
- Illinois Arts Council, poem: "Gould's Art of the Fugue"
- Honorable Mention, Jane's Stories Project, poem: "Last Days"
- Inkwell Poetry Competition, poem: "Condemned"
- Pushcart Prize nomination, poem: "My Mother's Names for Me"
- Emerging Writer's Fellowship from the Writer's Center (Bethesda, MD), selection of poems
- 2015 and 2010: Awarded residencies at The Hambidge Center, Georgia
- 2015: “Distilled” and “Cooling Off in the Pavilion of Being Stripped Naked” nominated for a Pushcart Prize
- 2015: Prime Number Magazine, First Prize for Poetry, for “Romance"
- 2014: Prize for Longish Poem from Blue Lyra Review, for “The Long Way Back.”
- 2012: Consequence Prize for “Ephemeral.”
Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances
Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)
Land has led adult poetry workshops for public libraries and not-for-profits such as Rhino Poetry Journal and Northwest Cultural Council. She has taught fifth grade through college, so she can also lead poetry workshops for children from age ten.
- September 27, 2017, 7 pm
Featured reader at Kafein, 1621 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL
- October 5, 2017, 7 pm
with Michael Dennis Browne at Magers & Quinn Books, 3038 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN
- October 6, 2017 at 8 pm
Feature reader at Madtown Poetry Open Mic, Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, 1101 Williamson St., Madison, WI
- October 21, 2017 at 8 pm
Feature reader at Madam Zuzu's, 582 Williams Ave., Highland Park, IL
- November 11, 2017 at 9 am
Second Saturday Workshop leader for Northwest Cultural Council, Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine, IL
- March 8, 2018 at 7 pm
Terrapin authors reading in association with the Associated Writers and Writing Programs Conference, The Tampa Club, 101 E Kennedy Blvd #4200, Tampa, FL
- March 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Reading at Bookloft, 631 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH
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