Prof. Susan Firer

Susan Firer, Adjunct Associate Professor

phone: 414-229-6993
office: Curtin Hall 576


MA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1982

Teaching Interests:

Creative Writing
Twentieth-Century Women Writers
Whitman's Tradition
Contemporary American Poetry

Recent Publications:


  • Milwaukee Does Strange Things To People: New And Selected Poems 1979-2007, 2007
  • The Laugh We Make When We Fall, Backwaters Press, 2002
  • The Lives of the Saints and Everything, Cleveland State University Press, 1993
  • The Underground Communion Rail, West End Press, 1992
  • My Life with the Tsar and Other Poems, New Rivers Press, 1979

Poems in such journals as
Chicago Review, Chicago Tribune Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, Conduit, Court Green, The Cream City Review, Exquisite Corpse, Georgia Review, Hanging Loose, The Iowa Review, jubilat, Lungfull!, New American Writing, North American Review, Portland Review, Prairie Schooner, Southern Poetry Review

Poetry anthologies such as

  • Visiting Dr. Williams: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of William Carlos Williams, University Of Iowa Press, 2011.
  • The Cento: A Collection of Collage Poems, Red Hen Press, 2011.
  • Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes, Michigan State University Press, 2006
  • Visiting Frost: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Robert Frost, University of Iowa Press, 2005
  • Thus Spake the Corpse: An Exquisite Corpse Reader, Black Sparrow Press, 1999
  • Ladies, Start Your Engines: Women Writers on Cars and the Road, Faber and Faber, 1996
  • Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend, Faber and Faber, 1996
  • Best American Poetry 1992, Scribners/Cloth, Macmillan Collier Pbk
  • Book of Irish American Poetry, Notre Dame Press
  • A Whole Other Ballgame: Women's Literature on Women's Sport, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Two poems were read by Garrison Keillor on National Public Radio Writer's Almanac in the spring of 1994


University of Wisconsin Distinguished Alumnus, 2009
Council for Wisconsin Writers Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award, 2009
Milwaukee Poet Laureate, 2008-2010
Backwaters Prize, 2001
Milwaukee County Artist Award, 1996
Council for Wisconsin Writers Posner Award, 1993
Cleveland Poetry Prize, 1992
Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship, 1979