Discipline: Literature – poetry

Susan Blackwell Ramsey

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: Kalamazoo, MI
MacDowell Fellowships: 2020, 2022

Susan Blackwell Ramsay is the author of A Mind Like This, winner of the Prairie Schooner Poetry Book Award.

She earned her B.A. from Kalamazoo College in 1972 and her M.F.A. from Notre Dame in 2008, returning to teach the Notre Dame M.F.A. poetry workshop in 2012-13. In between she taught 9th grade English in rural Indiana, knitting and spinning at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, community classes in women’s literature at Kalamazoo College, and, eventually, creative writing at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

Among other publications her work has appeared in The Southern Review, Poetry Northwest, 32 Poems, and Best American Poetry.

She used her time at MacDowell in 2022 to draft and revise poems for a manuscript, The Angels’ Share, an exercise in loss, joy, and digression. She worked on this same manuscript during her first residency at MacDowell.


Phi Beta

Susan Blackwell Ramsey worked in the Phi Beta studio.

Funded by the Phi Beta Fraternity, a national professional fraternity of music and speech founded in 1912, Phi Beta Studio was built between 1929–1931 of granite quarried on the MacDowell grounds. The small studio is a simple in design, but displays a pleasing combination of materials with its granite walls and colorful slate roofing. Inside is…

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