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General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Poetry

Born: in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Hahn was born in Chicago by the name of Susan Firestone. She attended Highland Park High School and received her B. A. and M. A. in psychology from Northwestern University. She currently resides in Winnetka.

Biographical and Professional Information

Susan Hahn an award-winning poet, playwright and novelist. As a licensed group therapist at the Woodlawn Metal Health Center, she began incorporating writing and art into her therapy; and began to write her own work submitting her first poems to Poetry magazine. In 1997 she became Editor of Northwestern's award-winning TriQuarterly literary magazine and remained there until 2010. She was also co-founder and co-editor of TriQuarterly Books.Her first play, ''Golf'', directed by Ann Filmer, premiered in 2005 at Circle Theatre in Forest Park and her seventh book of poetry, ''The Scarlet Ibis'', was directed by Ann as a verse play in an earlier version in 2007.In 2013-2014 she was the inaugural Writer-in-Residence at the Ernest Hemingway Foundation.

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Titles At Your Library


-- *Literary Awards and Fellowships, Illinois Arts Council

-- *Award for Poetry, The Society of Midland Authors, 1994

-- *George Kent Prize, Poetry Magazine, 2000

-- *Fellowship in Poetry, Guggenheim Foundation, 2003-2004

-- *Inaugural Writer-in-Residence,Hemingway Foundation, 2013-2014

-- *Pushcart Prizes in fiction and poetry