Discipline: Theatre – libretto, Literature – poetry

Susan Gubernat

Discipline: Theatre – libretto, Literature – poetry
Region: Oakland, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 1999, 2002

Susan Gubernat’s second collection of poems, The Zoo at Night, won the Prairie Schooner book prize in poetry and was published in 2017 by the University of Nebraska Press. Her first book of poems, Flesh (Helicon Nine Editions), won the Marianne Moore Prize; and her recent chapbook, Analog House, was published by Finishing Line Press. Other poems have appeared in Cimarron Review, Crab Orchard Review, Gargoyle, Michigan Quarterly, The Pinch, Prairie Schooner, and Pleiades, among others. An opera librettist (Korczak’s Orphans; composer Adam Silverman), she is currently Professor Emerita of English at California State University, East Bay. Susan Gubernat received her M.F.A. in poetry from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa and has garnered numerous awards and fellowships, including artist’s grants from the states of New Jersey and New York, and residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell, the Millay Colony, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.



Susan Gubernat worked in the Star studio.

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