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Hope College
Department of English
126 E. 10th St.
Holland, MI 49423
phone: 616.395.7620
fax: 616.395.7134


English Department Faculty

Susanna Childress
Visiting Assistant Professor

Education: B.A., Indiana Wesleyan University (2001); M.A., University of Texas at Austin (2003); Ph.D., Florida State University (2007).

Expertise: Creative Writing (poetry, fiction, nonfiction); Contemporary Literature; Social Justice Literature and Service Learning.

Selected Works: Entering the House of Awe (2011); Jagged with Love (2005); poems featured in The Southern Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Colorado Review, Missouri Review; short stories in Gargoyle, Ruminate; reviews in Books & Culture, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Southeast Review.

Contact: Lubbers Hall 333


Entering the House of Awe (2011)
Readers familiar with Susanna Childress’s Jagged with Love will recognize her distinctive voice in these poems: her nerve, her honest, quirky, irreverent, immediate and embodied yearning that rushes, wordy, right up to the ragged margins! In this second collection, new formal approaches bring breath and space to the lines, even delicacy sometimes, but these fine poems move with no less urgency because they are compelled by her signature quest for truthfulness. This search refuses perfectionism and mere aestheticism, yet admits beauty enroute, as Childress claims, “There needs to be no right word There needs to be a wide hole a whole mouth where the right word isn’t.” — Julia Spicher Kasdorf

Jagged with Love (2005)
Susanna Childress writes at the cutting edge of the long tradition of love poetry. Her poems often involve tense negotiations between a sharp cultural intelligence and a body that craves its fulfillment. She writes with grace about love and lust, and she unfailingly delivers rhythmic and linguistic pleasures to her lucky readers as they follow the course of these inquisitive, unpredictable poems.— Billy Collins