Biography

Susanna Lang was born in New York and raised in college towns where her father taught

in Kansas, Michigan and Connecticut. She is the author of three books of poetry and has translated the poetry of Yves Bonnefoy. Her first collection of poems, Even Now, was published by The Backwaters Press in 2008, and her chapbook, Two by Two, came out with Finishing Line Press in 2011. A full-length collection, Tracing the Lines, was published by Brick Road Poetry Press in spring 2013.  Words in Stone, her translation of poems by Yves Bonnefoy, was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 1976; The Origin of Language, prose poems by Yves Bonnefoy, was published by George Nama in 1979.


Journals in which her work has  appeared or will appear include New Letters, Little Star, Café Review, The Baltimore Review, Kalliope, Chicago Review, New Directions, Jubilat, The Sow’s

Ear Poetry Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Comstock Review and Green Mountains

Review. She won a 1999 Illinois Arts Council Award and the Inkwell Poetry Competition in 2009. Also in 2009, “My Mother’s Names for Me” was nominated for the Pushcart

competition and Best of the Net. She was a 2010 Hambidge Fellow and received an 2011

Emerging Writer Fellowship from The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD.


A longtime educator in the Chicago area, she has taught literacy and literature in grades 5-12, and led adult poetry workshops in public libraries and for organizations such as the Illinois Writing Project, Northwest Cultural Council, Rhino Poetry Forum, Chicago Teachers’ Center (Northeastern Illinois University), Academy for Urban School Leadership and The Writer’s Center (Bethesda, MD).  She has also written curriculum or consulted for the Illinois Institute of Technology and ThinkCERCA.