May 10, 2018: Nina Bennett reviews Travel Notes from the River Styx, in The Broadkill Review

"I’m a sucker for titles. Susanna Lang’s newest collection, Travel Notes From the River Styx, has a title I simply cannot resist. Just from the title, before reading any of the poems, I intuited there..."

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I hope to see some of you at this year's gathering of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Tampa. Terrapin Books, which published my new book, Travel Notes from the River Styx, is hosting a reading on Thursday, March 8th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm:

Tampa Club
101 East Kennedy Boulevard
TampaFL 33602

Come hear me read with other Terrapin writers! I will also be signing books at two locations on Friday, March 9:

Glassworks Table (T1813)
11:00am to 12:00pm

Terrapin Books Table (T536)
1:00pm to 1:30pm.

In addition, the Plume Anthology of Long-ish Poeoms will be released at AWP 2018, including my crown sonnet sequence, "The Long Way Back."




New interview about Travel Notes from the River Styx at Carpe Noctem: click here

I am honored to have a poem from my new collection featured on Verse Daily for August 17, 2017


Watch for another poem from the collection to be featured in July 2018 in former Poet Laureate Ted Kooser's syndicated column, American Life in Poetry.


I will be reading from Travel Notes from the River Styx in several Midwestern locations over the next months:

August 28, 7:00 pm:
Chuck Carlise and I will both be reading from new collections at:

124 E. Washington Street in
Ann Arbor, MI.

October 5th at 7:00 pm:
Magers and Quinn Books
3038 Hennepin Ave. | Minneapolis, MN

October 6th at 8:00 pm:
Feature reader at Madtown Poetry Open Mic,
Mother Fool's Coffeehouse Madtown Poetry
1101 Williamson St. | Madison, WI

October 21st at 8:00 pm:
Featured reader at Madame Zuzu's
582 Roger Williams Ave | Highland Park, IL
sponsored by Highland Park Poetry

November 11th 9:00-12:00
Palatine Public Library,
700 N. North Court | Palatine, IL
Second Saturday Poetry Workshop sponsored by the Northwest Cultural Council

March 29th at 7:00 pm, at
Bookloft in Columbus, OH

My third full-length collection of poems, Travel Notes from the River Styx, has now been published by Terrapin Books.

Thank you to everyone who came out to hear Marty McConnell and me read at City Lit Books on June 29! It was a great launch for Travel Notes from the River Styx.

Marty McConnell and me at City Lit Books


Three of my poems are included in the anthology, Resist Much/Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance. Editors include Nathaniel Mackey, Anne Waldman, Brenda Cárdenas, John Bradley, and others. Available from Spuyten Duyvil at spuytenduyvil.net


Sunday, January 15, 2017
From 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Woman Made Gallery
685 N. Milwaukee

Join me for Inauguration: Affirmation, Empowerment & Resistance—poetry, song, activism in the face of the new administration. Vocalist Ugochi Nwaogwugwu, along with poets Susanna Lang, Dipika Mukherjee, Kee Stein, Kimberly Marie Ousley, Dina Elenbogen, and Freesia McKee. In addition, we'll have activist Dr Patricia O'Brien, on faculty at UIC school of social work, who will speak to where we can go from here.

SAVE THE DATE! Our first reading of... - Woman Made Gallery Literary Events


My poem, "I, Beast," is a finalist in the Hearst Poetry Prize for the North American Review. 2017 Hearst Judge: Major Jackson will be choosing the winners from the list of finalists. Winners and finalists will be published in the Spring 2017 issue.

November 19th, 2016
From 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Bucktown-Wicker Park Library (1701 N. Milwaukee)

Reading by Chicago-area writers published in the Museum of Americana
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Literature that revives or repurposes the old, the dying, the forgotten, or the almost entirely unknown aspects of Americana. It is published purely out of fascination with the big, weird, wildly contradictory collage that is our nation’s cultural history. Participants will include Curtis Crisler, Joyce Goldenstern, Elizabeth Hoover, Susanna Lang and Gale Walden.


November 21st, 2016
At 7:00pm
Uncharted Books (2620 N Milwaukee Ave)

Feature reader at Waiting 4 the Bus
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Open mic will be a Poetry Wheel, an interconnected round robin where a poem must somehow connect to the poem immediately prior.



Watch for my reading with four wonderful poets at the Uptown Arts Center for the Lagoons Sessions Quarterly Reading, Friday, May 20 from 8:00 - 10:00pm

Uptown Arts Center
Preston Bradley Center

941 W W Lawrence Ave 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60640

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A group of poems is featured on the blog Escape Into Life, including new work from my ongoing series of Self-Portraits, ekphrastic poems focused on women artists.

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Split This Rock chose “Kitchen, Donetsk” as Poem of the Week for August 28, 2015.

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I am honored to have my poem, Romance, chosen for first prize in the Prime Number Magazine Award for Poetry.

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I am grateful to the Hambidge Center for offering me a fellowship to write during the summer of 2015.

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Interview posted on Chicago Literati on the interaction of writing and teaching in the public schools.

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