Originally from Philadelphia, I've lived and worked in New York City as a poet, nonprofit executive, and freelance editor since 1999. I love mass transit, Alice Notley, and my Basset Hound-Shar Pei-poodle mutt. 


I'm the author of three books of poetry and the executive director at Lambda Literary, the nation's leading LGBTQ+ literary organization. 

My most recent book, Franklinstein, is an exploration of a Philadelphia neighborhood wrestling with the legacies of white silence and structural racism. The book was a Small Press Distribution bestseller and has been taught in colleges across the U.S. from the University of Pennsylvania to University of Hawaii.  My poems have appeared in Poem-A-DayJacket2Brooklyn RailThe Offing, and elsewhere. 


Official Author Bio & Photo


Susan Landers’ most recent book, Franklinstein (Roof Books, 2016), is a multi-genre collection about one Philadelphia neighborhood wrestling with the legacies of colonialism, racism, and capitalism. She is also the author of two full-length books of poetry—248 mgs., a panic picnic (O Books, 2003) and Covers (O Books, 2007). Her chapbooks include 15: A Poetic Engagement with the Chicago Manual of Style (Least Weasel, 2011) and What I Was Tweeting While You Were On Facebook (Perfect Lovers Press, 2013).  Her poems have appeared in Poem-A-Day, The Brooklyn Rail, The Offing, and elsewhere. She was the founding editor of the experimental poetry journal POM2. She was a 2018 artist in residence at PLAYA Summer Lake and a 2015 resident fellow at Saltonstall Colony for the Arts. She has an MFA from George Mason University and lives in Brooklyn.


Photo credits: Author photo by Natasha Dwyer. Dog leaping by Michael Lettera.