Susan Mitchell

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Susan Mitchell has won many awards for her poetry, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation. She is the author of three books of poems—The Water Inside The Water, Erotikon, and Rapture, which won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and was a National Book Award Finalist. Mitchell is also recognized as an essayist and translator. She holds the Mary Blossom Lee Chair at Florida Atlantic University.


Rick Barot, poetry editor at New England Review, interviewed Susan Mitchell for the NER's "Behind the Byline" feature.

Sample Poems:

"Soprano Tough Orange" in New England Review

"The Bear"in New England Review

"Snowover"in New England Review

"Untitled (Dream with Red Splash)" and "L'Enfant du Paradis" in Boston Review

"Love Song" in American Poetry Review

Prose Statement:

Please see James Allen Hall’s "5 Poets Who Changed My Life" for a description of Susan Mitchell’s work as “brave…unafraid to take on taboo subjects, unafraid to to expand the lyric at the service of intellect and emotion.”