Susan Stewart

Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities
Professor of English
Office Phone
44a McCosh Hall


Susan Stewart is the Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities and professor of English. She also serves as director of Princeton’s Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts and is an associated faculty member of the Department of Art and Archaeology. A poet and critic, she teaches the history of poetry, poetics, and issues in aesthetics. Her most recent books of criticism are The Poet’s Freedom: A Notebook on Making, published in 2011 by the University of Chicago Press; 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.

Her most recent books of poetry are Red Rover, which has also appeared in Italian translation (Jaca Books, 2012); Columbarium, which won the 2003 National Book Critics Circle award, and The Forest. Her translation Love Lessons: Selected Poems of Alda Merini was published in 2009 by Princeton University Press, and in 2013 she published two co-translations with the University of Chicago Press: with her Princeton colleague Sara Teardo, Laudomia Bonanni’s novel The Reprisal; and, with Patrizio Ceccagnoli, the two most recent books of poetry by Milo De Angelis, Theme of Farewell and After-Poems. She also has translated Euripides’ Andromache, with Wesley Smith, and the poetry and selected prose of the Scuola Romana painter Scipione, with Brunella Antomarini. Her song cycle “Songs for Adam,” commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, with music by the composer James Primosch, had its world premiere in October 2009 with baritone Brian Mulligan and Sir Andrew Davis conducting.

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. In 2014, she was awarded the Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities.