The University of Iowa

Susan Aizenberg

Susan Aizenberg is the author of three poetry collections: Quiet City (BkMk Press 2015); Muse (Crab Orchard Poetry Series 2002); and Peru in Take Three: 2/AGNI New Poets Series (Graywolf Press 1997). A new chapbook, First Light, is forthcoming from Gibraltar Press in 2020 in a limited, letterpress edition. Aizenberg is co-editor, with Erin Belieu, of The Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry by American Women (Columbia University Press 2001). Her awards include a Crab Orchard Poetry Series Award, the Levis Reading Prize, a Distinguished Artist Fellowship from the Nebraska Arts Council, the Nebraska Book Award, and the Mari Sandoz Award from the Nebraska Library Association. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in many journals, among them Blackbird, Bosque, The American Journal of Poetry, The North American Review, Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Connotation Press, and The Journal, and have been reprinted in several anthologies, most recently, A Constellation of Kisses (Terrapin Press 2019). Aizenberg is Professor Emerita of Creative Writing and English at Creighton University and now lives and writes in Iowa City.

Instructor Events

Weeklong July 12 to July 17 2020
Susan Aizenberg

“Voice”—what poet Tony Hoagland has called “the distinctive presentation of an individual speaker”—can be among the more difficult elements of poetic craft to define or teach, but it’s also one of the most important. A compelling poetic voice engages and connects us to the reader, and developing our voices into what poets Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux have called “a more flexible instrument” can be an exciting key to generating poems in which we make discoveries that surprise both us and our readers.