Faculty Profile

Adrienne Su

Associate Professor of English, Poet-in-Residence (2000), Department Chair

Contact Information


East College Room 305


Her central course offerings include creative writing (poetry), The Craft of Poetry, and Writing about Food and Culture. Recipient of a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, she is the author of three books of poems, 'Middle Kingdom' (1997), 'Sanctuary' (2006), and 'Having None of It' (2009).


  • B.A., Radcliffe College, 1989
  • M.F.A., University of Virginia, 1993

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

ENGL 218 Creative Writ:Poetry & Fiction
An introductory creative writing workshop in poetry and fiction.

ENGL 319 Adv Creative Writing: Poetry
Writing and discussion of poetry. Prerequisite: 218 or permission of the instructor.

Spring 2015

ENGL 101 Literature and Food
Close reading (formal analysis) of texts interpreted in the contexts (e.g., cultural, historical, biographical, economic, political) that shape and are shaped by them. Topics may include the African novel, early American literature, Caribbean literature, Shakespeare on film, the romance, the quest, images of women, 19th century literature, contemporary American fiction, and American Indian literature.

ENGL 338 The Craft of Poetry
Looking mainly at modern and contemporary poetry, we will examine poems from the point of view of the apprentice poet, trying to figure out how the masters did it, and what, specifically, makes a poem succeed. To do so, we'll think about poems in the context in which they were written and the possibilities the poet could have chosen (but did not). There will be a research paper. Among the likely poets: W. H. Auden, Henri Cole, Alan Dugan, Robert Frost, Louise Glück, Robert Hayden, Seamus Heaney, Maxine Kumin, Philip Larkin, Sylvia Plath, W. B. Yeats.Prerequisite: 101