Susan Hogan (SACH)
Resident Poet, Caffeine Arts Collective
Columbus, OH * San Diego, CA * Chicago, IL
Susan Hogan is a box of crayons.
She is mad scrawled language on the walls shouting YOU ARE ALIVE RIGHT NOW.
She is vibrant and immediate.
In different colors and shapes, she is a poet, an editor, translator, book-creator, mentor to the word-wary. She embodies ambition, movement, and energy.
Language is her yellow. She’s ignited and inspired by everything around her.
She’s un-keep-in-one-place-able, darting around between her homebase Columbus
and her other homes in San Diego and Chicago. She pauses to collect beauty in all the places in between.
She’s hopelessly in love with our shared existence.
Susan Hogan swallows up books like they’re water. Uses pencils as bookmarks because she’s constantly sketching notes in the margins. She has studied at the University of Illinois-Chicago (English), Moscow State University (Russian), the University of Denver (Book Publishing), and San Diego State University (Poetry and Translation). She served as editor-in-chief of her undergraduate honors literary journal, has worked helping underprivileged students in San Diego with English as a first or second language, and interned the Poetry Foundation’s think tank, the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute. She worked for a small arts book publisher, and currently works as an English professor, most notably teaching Russian lit.
Her writing has been published in online and print journals (Alchemy Journal, the Prairie Light Review, others), college newsletters (UIC’s Word of Mouth), and independent newspapers (the Chicago Gazette). She has read her poetry at events across America. She signs her poems with her initials SACH (pronounced “Satch”). She is constantly generating new work, with help in part from her co-collaborators at the Chicago-based Caffeine Arts Collective, where she is resident poet.
A box of crayons, cardboard worn but colors shining brightly, Susan is vivid for writing. To schedule a reading, for updates about her upcoming book, or for more information, you can reach her at [email protected].