Susan M. Schultz


Susan M. Schultz

Susan M. Schultz has taught at UHM since 1990. Originally specializing in “20th Century Poetry in English,” she moved into Creative Writing, where she teaches hybrid courses in reading and writing.  She is author of A Poetics of Impasse in Modern and Contemporary American Poetry(The University of Alabama Press, 2005), and her books of poetry and poetic prose include And Then Something Happened (Salt, 2004), Dementia Blog(Singing Horse Press, 2008), a book of life writing about her mother's Alzheimer's, which includes documentary techniques, "She's Welcome to Her Disease": Dementia Blog, Volume Two (2014),Memory Cards: 2010-2011 Series(Singing Horse, 2011), Memory Cards: Dogen Series (Vagabond Press, Sydney, 2014), and Memory Cards: Thomas Traherne Series (Talisman House, 2016). She blogs at and runs Tinfish Press, which publishes experimental poetry from the Pacific region. For more on the press, see In 2014, she founded the Compassion Hui, which works toward better awareness of mental health issues on campus.

Areas of Interest

20th-century poetry in English, American literature, creative writing


College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature Excellence in Teaching Award, 1993 Chancellor's Award for Meritorious Teaching, 2014. Cades Award for Literature, 2016.


BA, Yale University MA, PhD, University of Virginia


Fall Semester 2017
  • ENG-613B: Graduate Poetry Workshop: Introduction to Contemporary Poetry & Its Production

Spring Semester 2017
  • ENG-780G: Comparative Literature – Theory/Practice of Poetry: History & Practice of Avant-Garde Poetry

Fall Semester 2016
  • ENG-461: Studies in Poetry: Documentary Writing