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Emeritus Faculty: Susan Lang


A.B., University of California, Riverside

M.A., University of California, Riverside

At A Glance

Started 1983
Classes Taught Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry, Non-Fiction, & Fiction, College Comp I & II, Communication Skills, Connections: Women's History Art Trend, Creative Writing I-IV, Critical Reading, Literature of the Southwest, Writing for Publication
Department Communications
Retired 2003


Yavapai College Career

Susan Lang started at the College in 1983 in the English Department teaching Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature classes. Her main focus was on teaching creative writing – poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.  She loved seeing the transformation of her writing students as they learned to become better writers.  Several of them have gone on to have their work published.

Ms. Lang has been passionate about writing not only in the classroom but also personally. She has written three books to date and has published numerous short stories and poems.

She started the Southwest Writers Series in 1985 to expose local writers to prominent southwest authors. Leading authors working in a variety of genres have come over the years to give readings of their work and have conversations with interested audiences. Susan led the program for many years.

Susan also started the Hassayampa Creative Writing Institute in 1996 with support from Donn Rawlings, the English Department Chair at the time. This institute started as a local event drawing authors together to teach workshops on all aspects of writing. It quickly grew to a national conference. Attendance was capped at 100 so that participants would have ample opportunity to mix, mingle and grow in their craft. In 2003, the Arizona Humanities Council named the Hassayampa Institute a “Distinguished Organization”.  The Institute continued until 2007 when the college withdrew support for it.

Ms. Lang retired in 2003 and taught on a part-time basis for many years after that. She continues to give presentations on writing.

Committee Work:

  • Faculty Senate


  • Creative and Innovative Teacher award – Yavapai College
  • “Women of Excellence” award - American Association of University Women, 1996
  • 2003 Willa Award for her book, Small Rocks Rising
  • Received a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts for a work in progress, The Sawtooth Complex

Community Service:

  • Coordinator of numerous poetry and writing workshops and readings
  • Member of the Prescott Poets

Ms. Lang was recognized for her many contributions to the college and given Emeritus Faculty status in December, 2006.

Oral History Interview

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