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). She 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, and the Nebraska Book Award for Poetry. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in many journals, among them Bosque, The American Journal of Poetry, The James Dickey Review, The North American Review, Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Blackbird, Connotation Press, The Journal, and the Philadelphia Inquirer and have been reprinted in several anthologies, most recently Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology 1867-2017 (SFASU Press), and New Poetry from the Midwest (New American Press 2017). Aizenberg is Professor Emerita of Creative Writing and English in the Creighton University M.F.A. and undergraduate creative writing programs. She can be reached through her website at https://susanaizenberg.wordpress.com.

Instructor Events

Weekend July 13 to July 14 2019
Instructor(s): 
Susan Aizenberg

Imagery—the recreation of sensory experience through language—is one of the key elements of poetic craft, and surprisingly, frequently among the hardest to master. Most of us are familiar with Pound’s famous dictum, “Go in fear of abstractions,” and of course that old saw, “Show, don’t tell,” yet it can be challenging to put these concepts into practice or to understand why they are so important.

Weeklong July 21 to July 26 2019
Instructor(s): 
Susan Aizenberg

We all know that writing poems is a solitary activity, but it’s often exhilarating and useful to generate work toward new poems by responding to “no-fault” prompts and exercises together in a supportive and energizing group of fellow poets. We’ll spend our week doing just that: free-writing together in class in response to proven prompts designed to inspire new poems or new ideas for poems on which we’ve been working.