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 six books of poetry, including The Transit of VenusMilwaukee 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.