Faculty Profile

Adrienne Su

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

Contact Information

on sabbatical 2016-17


East College Room 305


Her central course offerings include Creative Writing (poetry), The Craft of Poetry, and Literature and Food. Recipient of a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, she is author of four books of poems: 'Middle Kingdom' (1997), 'Sanctuary' (2006), 'Having None of It' (2009), and 'Living Quarters' (2015).


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

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

ENGL 101 Literature and Food
In recent years, food has become a major topic of scholarly and creative inquiry. Its popularity has accompanied the rise of locavore eating, efforts to reform Big Food, and the vast market for cookbooks, cooking shows, and food memoirs. But literary characters have, for the most part, always had to eat and drink, and good literature knows no trends. This course will focus on the close reading of literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry with a focus on food. Among the likely authors: Margaret Atwood, Laurie Colwin, Isak Dinesen, M.F.K. Fisher, Robert Hass, Seamus Heaney, Jhumpa Lahiri, Yiyun Li, Upton Sinclair, Tracy K. Smith, Kevin Young. Students will write both analytical essays and creative responses.

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 2016

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

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