Susan Firer grew up in Milwaukee, where she continues to live, write, and work; she also serves as the city’s poet laureate. She is the author of five books of poetry, including Milwaukee Does Strange Things to People: New & Selected Poems 1979–2007
and The Laugh We Make When We Fall
, which won the Backwaters Prize. Billy Collins
has said, “To read the poetry of Susan Firer is to enter a unique building constructed by the imagination, like Kubla Khan’s pleasure-dome, out of the shimmering material of words.”
Firer is a professor at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where she teaches courses in creative writing and women’s studies.
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