Susan Stewart

Susan Stewart is a poet, critic, and translator. Her five books of poetry include The Forest (1995), which received the Literary Award of the Philadelphia Atheneum; Columbarium (2003), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award; and, most recently Red Rover (2008), soon to be published in Italian translation by Jaca Book in Milan.

Her song cycle, “Songs for Adam,” commissioned by the Chicago Symphony as a collaboration with the composer James Primosch, had its world premiere with the baritone Brian Mulligan and the CSO in October 2009.

Stewart’s collected essays on art, The Open Studio: Essays in Art and Aesthetics, were published by the University of Chicago Press in 2004. Her collaborations with visual artists include most recently work with Ann Hamilton and Sandro Chia.

Her other books of criticism include the forthcoming The Poet’s Freedom: A Notebook on Making; Poetry and the Fate of the Senses (2002), which received both the 2002 Christian Gauss Award for Literary Criticism from Phi Beta Kappa and the 2004 Truman Capote Award in Literary Criticism; Crimes of Writing: Problems in the Containment of Representation (1991);  On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection (1984), and Nonsense (1979).

Stewart published her translation, Love Lessons: Selected Poems of Alda Merini, with Princeton University Press in 2009. She also translated Euripides’ Andromache with Wesley Smith, and the poetry and selected prose of the Scuola Romana painter Scipione with Brunella Antomarini. Currently she is completing a translation of the selected poems of Milo De Angelis with Patrizio Ceccagnoli and a translation of Laudomia Bonanni’s novel La Rappresaglia with her Princeton colleague Sara Teardo.

A 1997 MacArthur Fellow, Stewart has received fellowships as well from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, the Pew Foundation, and the Lila Wallace Foundation. In 2010 she received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Stewart currently serves as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets; she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005.

This Autumn she is teaching a freshman seminar on what makes a poem a classic and English 205, Reading Poetry. In the Spring she will teach a graduate seminar on 18th century poetry and poetics. Her dissertation advising includes projects in 20th century African-American, Irish, British, Latin American, French, and American poetry, the figure of the poet/critic, the history of emotions in 18th century and Romantic poetry in Britain, issues of memory in Victorian lyric, and the relations between poetry and the visual arts.

Susan Stewart has recent work in:

The Kenyon Review: “Two Poems on the Name of Vermeer”
Chicago Review, reprinted in Poetry Daily: “The Sand-Castle”
The New Yorker: First Idyll”

Recent essays on poetry include:

On Jorge Luis Borges in The Nation
On Umberto Saba in The Nation
Forthcoming on contemporary Italian poetry:

Recent interviews:

[Book show of the ABC, Melbourne]:
WHYY, Philadelphia, Radio Times:
Free Verse:

Forthcoming Autumn readings:

Photo reprinted with permission from The Academy of American Poets.