Susan Morehouse

Professor of English
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Seidlin Hall, Room 209
Tue: 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Thu: 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Fri: 10:00 am - 11:15 am


  • MFA: Fiction, University of Virginia, 1984

Specialties / Areas of Interest

  • Workshops in fiction, creative nonfiction, and playwriting
  • Honors courses in "great characters" and romance writing
  • Women and literature
  • Fairy tales
  • Children's and young adult literature


Professor Morehouse teaches workshops in fiction and creative nonfiction with an emphasis on the lyric essay and on character. Her current project is a novel set in West Virginia where she grew up. Though fiction, it reflects her love of the environment and her interests in girls and women and women's writing.

A former Chair of the Division of English, Professor Morehouse has served on numerous college committees, most notably the Assessment Committee and the Promotion and Tenure Committee for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as committees on curricular transformation. She teaches regularly in the First-Year Experience program for new students, and she is also the Director of the Creative Writing Institute for high school students, held in Alfred in late June.

Research, Publications, & Presentations

Research & Publications

  • "Let the Dogs In," Sycamore Review, 28:2. June 2017
  • “Spinning,” Citron Review, November 2014
  • “Angel of the City,” Apalachee Review, October 2014
  • “Baggage,” Star 82, June 2014
  • “Stereopticon, Shotgun, Blender,” Phantom Drift, June 2014
  • “Fireman’s Carnival, Boonsboro, 1979,” Beloit Fiction Journal, March 2014
  • “The Bath,” Outside In Literary Travel Magazine, Issue 16, January 2014
  • “What You Said, What I Meant,” New Ohio Review, Issue 15, September 2014
  • “Time Pieces,” NOR (New Ohio Review), Fall 2011
  • “She Tries to Explain What Happened,” New South, Spring 2011
  • “The Ventriloquist's Daughter." The Southern Review. Winter 2006
  • "Imagining Flight When I Am Still." The Southern Review. Fall 1989


  • "What You Said, What I Meant" (New Ohio Review 2014) listed in 100 Notable Essays. Best American Essays 2015. Ed. Ariel Levy. 2016
  • Finalist: Paper Nautilus 2015 Vella Chapbook Contest for "The Girl on the Bridge," 2015
  • Finalist: New Letters Essay award and Arts & Letters Prize, 2008
  • Million Writers Award, Notable Stories of 2004, storySouth, June 2005
  • Abigail Allen Award in Women's Studies, Alfred University, 2005
  • Imagining Flight When I Am Still" (The Southern Review, 1989), listed in 100 Notable Essays, Best American Essays 1989. Ed. Robert Atwan. 1990
  • Kruson Award for Excellence in Teaching, Alfred University, 1997, 2000

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