Corner Office: An Evening with Poet Susan Hahn

We are delighted to welcome award-winning author, playwright, and poet Susan Hahn to discuss her new book of poetry, Corner Office. The corner of the eye in Susan Hahn’s poems, the bodies that embody the daily offices of our lives: all are given shape in these skillful lines. Ms. Hahn will be happy to sign her works! This event is free with registration, to register, please CLICK HERE

Edward Hirsch says, “There are three recurring speakers in Susan Hahn’s quirky, wistful fantasia, a book-length meditation on lost power, the story of man and woman, the earth as it once was, how it might have been, what we’ve done to it. Corner Office is a dramatic poem that manages to be both contemporary and archetypal.”

In praise for her earlier works, David Kirby from the Chicago Tribune says, “Reviewers of Hahn’s earlier books have linked her work to that of the confessional poets of the ‘50s and ‘60s, with the lurid, tell-all poems of Robert Lowell, Anne Sexton, John Berryman and Plath.  The resemblance is there, but Hahn can’t be written off as a mere neo-confessional, because her poetry is much more deeply rooted in the American mindset than that.  For the Gothic viewpoint accounts for everything the founding fathers overlooked: terror, perversity, strangeness, a sense of not knowing where one is or how one got there.  It is a way of viewing the world that continues to affect American writing and that appears in works by such recent authors as William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, Ralph Ellison, Truman Capote and Joyce Carol Oates. And now we can add Susan Hahn’s name to that list.”

Susan Hahn is the author of ten books of poetry, including the just-published Corner Office, two produced plays, and two novels. Among her awards for writing are a Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry, being the inaugural writer-in-residence at the Hemingway Foundation, Pushcart prizes, The Society of Midland Authors Award in Poetry, and numerous Illinois Arts Council Fellowships and Literary Awards. Susan was the editor of Triquarterly literary magazine for fourteen years, and the co-founder of Triquarterly Books. Learn more at

Event date: 

Thursday, May 16, 2024 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

The Book Stall
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
Corner Office By Susan Hahn Cover Image
ISBN: 9781625494542
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Word Poetry - April 14th, 2024

The corner of the eye in Susan Hahn's poems, the bodies that embody the daily offices of our lives: all are given shape in these skillful lines.