Poet Susan Schultz was born in 1958 in Belleville, Illinois and earned degrees from Yale University and the University of Virginia. Schultz’s innovative poetry frequently utilizes documentary techniques. Her books of poetry include Aleatory Allegories (2000); And Then Something Happened (2004); Dementia Blog (2008), a book about her mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s; Memory Cards: 2010-2011 (2011); and She’s Welcome to Her Disease (2013), the second part of her cycle on her mother’s illness. Her works of criticism include A Poetics of Impasse in Modern and Contemporary American Poetry (2005). She edited The Tribe of John: Ashbery and Contemporary Poetry (1995) and co-edited, with Annie Finch, Multiformalisms: Postmodern Poetics of Form (2008). Since 2005 she has edited the journal Tinfish, which focuses on experimental writing from the Pacific.
Schultz is a professor at the University of Hawai’i-Manoa, where she teaches courses focusing on 20th century American literature, creative writing, and hybrid forms.