Poet Maxine Susman

Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series
Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 7:00 pm

Welcome to the Spring Friends of the Library Poetry Night Series. We will have an open mic after our featured reader. Maxine Susman’s poems are about nature, art, history, and shifting states of body and mind. A long-time resident of Central Jersey who lived for 28 years in Highland Park, she taught literature and writing at Rutgers and at Caldwell University, and currently teaches poetry writing and short story courses at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Rutgers University (OLLIRU). Her work appears in The Healing Muse, Blueline, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Paterson Literary Review, Ekphrasis, Adanna, and other journals and anthologies. Recent awards include Third Place in the 2016 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest, Honorable Mention for the New Jersey Poets Prize, and the Marlene Pomper Teaching Award from OLLIRU. Maxine has published six chapbooks. Gogama tells the story of her father as a young doctor in the bush country of Northern Ontario during the Great Depression; Wartime Address is about a young British woman escaping from Occupied France. Provincelands, her new book (2016), is set among the dunes, beaches, and salt marshes of Outer Cape Cod. In her poetry she explores where and how feelings and ideas take form, sometimes in nature and sometimes in the human-made world.