Schultz, Susan M. 1958- (Susan M. Webster Schultz)

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Schultz, Susan M. 1958- (Susan M. Webster Schultz)


Born October 10, 1958, in Belleville, IL; daughter of Frederick W. and Martha J. Schultz; married Bryant Webster (a science teacher), June 21, 1998; children: Sangha, Radhika. Ethnicity: "White." Education: Yale University, B.A., 1980; University of Virginia, M.A., 1984, Ph.D., 1989. Politics: Liberal. Religion: Buddhist. Hobbies and other interests: Lifelong fan of St. Louis Cardinals (baseball team).


Home—Kaneohe, HI. Office—Department of English, Kuykendall Hall 402, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1733 Donaghho Rd., Honolulu, HI 96822; fax: 808-956-3083. E-mail—[email protected]


Poet and teacher. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, visiting assistant professor of English, 1989-90; University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, assistant professor, 1990-95, associate professor, 1995-2002, professor of English, 2002—, director of creative writing program. Guest speaker at educational institutions, including University of Sussex, University of New South Wales, Rutgers University, University of Tasmania, and State University of New York at Buffalo; gives readings from her works in the United States and elsewhere; workshop presenter; guest on media programs. Hawaii Literary Arts Council, president, 1992. Member of editorial board, Postmodern Culture, 1989—, Antipodes, 2000—, and the online journal HOW2, 2000—.




Miscellaneous publication and research grants.



(With R.M. Ernest) Leaving the Mountains (chapbook), Alderman Press (Charlottesville, VA), 1989.

Another Childhood (chapbook), Leave Books (Buffalo, NY), 1993.

Earthquake Dreams (chapbook), Standing Stones Press (Morris, MN), 1995.

(With John Kinsella) Voice-overs (chapbook), Tinfish Network (Kaneohe, HI), 1997.

Addenda (chapbook), Meow Press (Buffalo, NY), 1998.

Holding Patterns (long poem), Wild Honey Press (Wicklow, Ireland), 1999.

Aleatory Allegories, Salt Publishing (Cambridge, England), 2000.

(Translator, with Zhang Er) Zhang Er, The Autumn of Gu Yao (chapbook), Poetry New York, 2000.

From Adoption Papers (broadside), Oasis Press (Portland, ME), 2000.

Memory Cards: The Happiness Project (prose poetry), X-poezie (New York, NY), 2001.

Material Lyrics (chapbook), Tinfish Network (Kaneohe, HI), 2001.

Memory Cards and Adoption Papers, Potes & Poets Press (Elmwood, NJ), 2002.

Declensions of Is (online chapbook), Faux Press (Newton, MA), 2002.

No guns, no durian (chapbook), Tinfish Network (Kaneohe, HI), 2003.

And Then Something Happened, Salt Publishing (Cambridge, England), 2004.

Portraits: Parables, Tinfish Network (Kaneohe, HI), 2005.

Dementia Blog (chapbook), Slack Buddha Press (Oxford, OH), 2006.

Editor of Tinfish Network poetry chapbooks. Work represented in anthologies, including Verse: The Second Decade, 2005; The Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative Poetry, edited by Douglas Messerli, Green Integer (Los Angeles, CA), 2006; Not for Mothers Only: Contemporary Poets on Child-Getting and Child-Rearing, edited by Rebecca Wolff and Catherine Wagner, Fence Books, 2007; and Lucy's House: An Anthology of Prose. Contributor of poetry to periodicals, including poethia, Poetry East, Meanjin, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Bamboo, New American Writing, Overland, Explosive, and Verse. Editor of the poetry journal Tinfish, 1995—.


(Editor and author of introduction) The Tribe of John: Ashbery and Contemporary Poetry, University of Alabama Press (Tuscaloosa, AL), 1995.

A Poetics of Impasse in Modern and Contemporary American Poetry, University of Alabama Press (Tuscaloosa, AL), 2005.

Contributor to books, including A Poetics of Criticism, edited by Juliana Spahr and others, Leave Books (Buffalo, NY), 1994; Close Listening: Poetry and the Performed Word, edited by Charles Bernstein, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 1998; [email protected], edited by Joel Kuszai, Roof Press (New York, NY), 1999; The World in Time and Space: Towards a History of Innovative American Poetry, 1970-2000, edited by Ed Foster and Joseph Donahue, Talisman House (Jersey City, NJ), 2002; and Ronald Johnson: Life and Work, edited by Eric Selinger and Joel Bettridge, National Poetry Foundation (Orono, ME). Contributor of essays and reviews to periodicals, including Prague Review, Proliferation, Contemporary Literature, Talisman, Raritan, Arizona Quarterly, and Plantarchy. Reviews editor, Manoa, 1991-92.


Susan M. Schultz is an English professor and poet. She moved from Virginia to Hawaii in 1990, and since that time has taught at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu. She is also the editor of Tinfish, a journal specializing in experimental poetry from the Pacific region. Along with work published in traditional print venues, Schultz has published numerous poems and chapbooks online with electronic journals. She is a supporter of the Electronic Poetry Project at the State University of New York in Buffalo—" a gateway to resources in electronic poetry," according to its Web site, which disseminates the online version of Tinfish.

Schultz has published numerous poetry chapbooks. Memory Cards: The Happiness Project is a collection of prose poems on everyday events. Poems in this collection were previously published in periodicals. Holding Patterns is one long meditative poem published in book format. Aleatory Allegories is a collection of Schultz's poetry, which a reviewer for Publishers Weekly called "a chaotic ride through a series of material and linguistic transformations." In her article "Susan M. Schultz's Aleatory Allegories," found on the Bucknell University Web site, Janet Bowdan observed, "Schultz's allegories reward their reading and deserve re-reading; their attention to the world demonstrates how it is in caring for the small, chance-met things that you find what you need."

Schultz also edited The Tribe of John: Ashbery and Contemporary Poetry, a collection of twelve essays about the poetry of Ashbery. Pat Righelato in Modern Language Review called the book a "stimulating collection of critical essays of the 1990s."



American Book Review, March-April, 2005, review of And Then Something Happened; July-August, 2006, Elizabeth Robinson, review of A Poetics of Impasse in Modern and Contemporary Poetry, pp. 10-11.

American Literature, June, 1996, review of The Tribe of John: Ashbery and Contemporary Poetry, p. 500.

Boston Review, March-April, 2006, Heidi Lynn Staples, review of And Then Something Happened.

Famous Reporter, June, 1996, Ralph Wessmen, "An Interview with Susan Schultz," pp. 9-12.

Modern Language Review, July, 1997, Pat Righelato, review of The Tribe of John, pp. 718-720.

Publishers Weekly, January 22, 2001, review of Aleatory Allegories, p. 322.

Talisman, summer-fall, 2006, Thomas Fink, review of A Poetics of Impasse in Modern and Contemporary Poetry, pp. 249-251.


Bucknell University, (November 1, 2001), Janet Bowdan, "Susan M. Schultz's Aleatory Allegories."

Department of English, University of Hawaii at Manoa, (April 27, 2008), "Susan M. Schultz."

Electronic Poetry Center, (September 6, 2001), "Susan M. Schultz.", (spring-summer, 2006), "Susan M. Schultz on Tinfish."

Raintaxi Review of Books, (winter, 2002-03), Hank Lazer, review of Memory Cards and Adoption Papers.

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