University of Iowa

Susan Taylor Chehak

Susan Taylor Chehak is the author of several novels, including The Great Disappointment, Smithereens, and The Minor Apocalypse of Meena Krejci. Her short stories have been published widely in journals and were most recently collected in It’s Not About the Dog: Stories. Her other ongoing projects include All the Lost Girls, a collection of essays devoted to exploring the lost girl archetype and the grip her story continues to have on our cultural imagination; The Foreverland Chronicles, in which she is creating a detailed narrative record of her fictional Foreverland and its denizens; The Awakening, a young adult novel set in a near-future of world catastrophe and adolescent hope; and What Happened to Paula, a collaborative investigation into the as-yet unsolved murder of a former schoolmate in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Susan has taught fiction writing in the low-residency M.F.A. program at Antioch University Los Angeles, the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, and the University of Southern California. Susan grew up in Cedar Rapids, has spent a lot of time in Los Angeles, lives occasionally in Toronto, and at present calls the Colorado Rocky Mountains home.

Instructor Events

Weeklong June 17 to June 22 2018

The term “weird” was first used by Sheridan Le Fanu, a popular author of nineteenth-century ghost stories, and in his long essay “Supernatural Horror in Literature,” H.P. Lovecraft defines the genre for us: “The true weird tale has something more than secret murder, bloody bones, or a sheeted form clanking chains according to rule.