Adrienne Su

Associate Professor, Poet-in-Residence

Chair, Dept. of English

Phone: 717.245.1346


Adrienne Su

Photo: Guy Freeman

Adrienne Su teaches poetry-writing workshops, contemporary American poetry, and a hybrid literature-and-creative-writing course called The Craft of Poetry.

Su is the author of three books of poems: Middle Kingdom (Alice James Books, 1997), Sanctuary (Manic D Press, 2006), and Having None of It (Manic D Press, 2009), which was named one of the best poetry books of 2009 by In 2007 she received a fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. A graduate of Harvard University and the University of Virginia, Su has had residencies at Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, The Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and The Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire.

Poems appear in anthologies including The New American Poets, The Pushcart Prize, Asian-American Poetry: The Next Generation, Best American Poetry 2000, and Literature and Its Writers: A Compact Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (4th edition). Middle Kingdom was translated into Chinese and published in China in 2006. Recent poems appear in the journals Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, and Asian American Literary Review.

Some poems available online include: "To a Limited Extent" at Prairie Schooner; "Adolescence," "China III," "Escape from the Old Country," and "Things Chinese" at the Poetry Foundation; "Downward Dog" at Cerise Press; and "The Re-Education of the Intellectuals" at Electronic Poetry Review.

For an interview about Having None of It, click here.

In memory of Nate Kirkland, Dickinson Class of 2011, this poem appears in the online edition of Dickinson Magazine.

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