Susan Stewart

Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities: Professor of English

Princeton University

Susan Stewart is the Princeton University Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities: Professor of English. She also serves as Director of Princeton's Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts and is a member of the associated faculty of the Department of Art and Archaeology.  A poet and critic, she teaches the history of poetry, poetics, and issues in aesthetics. A former MacArthur Fellow, Professor Stewart recently served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005 and in the Spring of 2009 she received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her most recent books of criticism are The Poet's Freedom: A Notebook on Making, Poetry and the Fate of the Senses, which won the Christian Gauss Award for Literary Criticism in 2003 from Phi Beta Kappa and the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in 2004; and The Open Studio: Essays on Art and Aesthetics, a collection of her writings on contemporary art.  Among her books of poetry are Columbarium, which won the 2003 National Book Critics Circle award; Red Rover; and The Forest.   Her song cycle, "Songs for Adam," commissioned by the Chicago Symphony with music by the composer James Primosch, had its world premiere in October 2009.