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Faculty Profile

Susan Perabo

Professor of Creative Writing; Writer-in-Residence (1996)

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on sabbatical Spring 2022

East College Room 308


Susan Perabo's primary teaching focus is fiction writing, though she teaches poetry, non-fiction, and contemporary literature as well. She's the author of four books of fiction -- two novels and two collections of short stories -- and has published fiction and non fiction in numerous publications, including The New York Times, One Story, The Sun, Glimmer Train, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Her work has been featured on podcasts like Modern Love and Selected Shorts. She likes to write on screens and read on paper. She thought she was going to be a writer who also teaches, but turned out to be a teacher who also writes, as explained here:


  • B.A., Webster University, 1989
  • M.F.A., University of Arkansas, 1994.


  • Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 2001-2002

2021-2022 Academic Year

Fall 2021

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

CRWR 219 Writing About Sports
May include memoir, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, biography, novel writing, graphic novel, playwriting, “genre” fiction (e.g., detective, sci-fi), subgenres of poetry (e.g., visual poetry), subgenres of fiction (e.g., Magical Realism), and other forms of non-analytical writing not routinely offered. Prerequisite: CRWR 218 or any film course when topic is Screenwriting; otherwise none.

CRWR 317 Adv Creative Writing: Fiction
Writing and discussion of fiction. Prerequisite: 218 or permission of the instructor.