Susan Aizenberg

b. 1951

Current City, State, Country

Iowa City, Iowa, USA

Birth City, State, Country

Brooklyn, New York, USA


Susan Aizenberg is the author of three full-length poetry collections: A Walk with Frank O’Hara and
Other Poems (forthcoming in August 2024 from University of New Mexico Press in the Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series), Quiet City (BkMk Press 2015), and Muse (Crab Orchard Poetry Series 2002). Her most recent collection, First Light, is a fine arts letterpress collection of 11 poems with original linocuts by artist Kevin Bowman (Gibraltar Editions 2020). 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. Aizenberg is also the author of Peru in Take Three: 2/AGNI New Poets
Series (Graywolf Press 1997), and co-editor, with Erin Belieu, of The Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry by American Women (Columbia University Press 2001). Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in many journals, among them On the Seawall, Plume, The Summerset Review, Nine Mile, Cultural Daily, Hole in the Head Review, Blackbird, The Night Heron Barks, Bosque, The North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry, and The Journal, and have been reprinted or are forthcoming in several anthologies, most recently in In the Tempered Dark: Contemporary Poets Transcending Elegy (Black Lawrence 2024). Aizenberg is Professor Emerita of Creative Writing and English at Creighton University and now lives and writes in Iowa City.

Published Works

A Walk with Frank O’Hara (forthcoming University of New Mexico Press, Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series, 2024)
First Light (limited edition, letterpress chapbook; Gibraltar Editions 2020)
Quiet City (BkMK Press, 2015)
Muse (Southern University Press, Crab Orchard Poetry Series 2002)
Co-Editor (with Erin Belieu) of The Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry by American Women (Columbia UP 2001)
Peru/Take Three:2, AGNI New Poets Series
(Graywolf Press, 1997)

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Links to Sample Works


MFA Vermont College of Fine Arts (1992)
BFA University of Nebraska at Omaha (1989)

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