Susan V. Meyers
FAILING THE TRAPEZE
Winner of the Nilsen Award,
this historical novel tells the story of my family’s circus
during the 1930s and 1940s.
DEL OTRO LADO: LITERACY & MIGRATION
Fulbright-funded research study that tells the story of Mexican school children who immigrate to the United States.
READ A SAMPLE
"Visits to the Border" in Creative Nonfiction
"Origin Myths" in Hippocampus
"Unwomaning" in New Orleans Review
NEWS & REVIEWS
Failing the Trapeze
A Newpages.com Editors' Pick
"...an artfully crafted family drama" --Foreward Reviews
"Complex, intriguing, and heartbreaking."--
"I was completely engaged by each of the characters the whole book and had a difficult time putting it down to sleep at night...."--Goodreads
Reviews of Del Otro Lado: Literary & Migration
"...gives voice to those...from the other side of the border."--Composition Studies
"[She is one of the] few researchers talking about transnational literacy practices and the effects of a changing global economy...."
"...real life testimonies from real women living in a small town in Mexico."--Reading in the Borderlands
2023 Finalist, Kenyon Review Contest
2023 Finalist, Ninth Letter Contest
2023 Fellow at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
2022 Grant Recipient, 4Culture
2020 Visiting Artist at Green Olive Arts
2019 Fellow at Monson Arts
2018 Fellow at Bloedel Reserve Arts
2018 Fellow at North Street Collective
2017 Fellow at Hambidge Creative
2016 Fellow at Brush Creek Foundation
2015 Fellow at Playa Arts Center
2013 Finalist, New American Fiction
After growing up on a carnival route, Susan V. Meyers now directs the Creative Writing Program at Seattle University. Having received grants from Fulbright, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and several arts residencies, she has been nominated for the Best American series and several Pushcart Prizes. Her novel Failing the Trapeze won the Nilsen Award, and other work has appeared in The Rumpus, Huff Post, Creative Nonfiction, Calyx, New Orleans Review and The Minnesota Review.
“Sustaining Seattle: Literary Leaders in a Time of Reckoning.” Association of Writers & Writing Programs Annual Conference. Seattle, WA. 9 March 2023.
Visiting Scholar. Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana. Mexico City, Mexico. June 5-10, 2023.
Literary Reading. “Secrets, Borders, & Wars.” University of Arizona Academy Village. Tucson, AZ. 28 December 2022.
“Crafting Lively Characters.” Write in the Harbor Annual Conference. Gig Harbor, WA 5 November 2022.
“Whose Story?: Anti-Racist Writing Strategies for Mentoring Student Fulbright Personal
Statements.” Fulbright Association 45th Annual Conference. Bethesda, MD. 8
CCCC Conference 2021. Spokane, WA. 8 April 2021.
San Miguel Writer’s Conference and Literary Festival. San Miguel, Mexico. 10 October 2021.
“Making a Scene.” Write on the Sound Conference. 1 October, 2021. Edmonds, Washington.
Green Olive Arts. Tetouan, Morocco. 20 February 2020.
Universidad Iberoamericana. Mexico City, Mexico. 20 January 2020.
Universidad Cenroamericana. Managua, Nicaragua. 3 September 2019.
Seattle Public Library Seattle Writes Program. 20 January 2019. Seattle, WA.
CCCC Conference 2019. Pittsburgh, PA. 14 March 2019.
Creative Writing Studies Conference, Montreat, North Carolina. 18 October 2018.
Lit Crawl. Seattle, WA. 11 October 2018.
Seattle Writes. Seattle, WA. 9/29 & 10/7 2018.
Write on the Sound Conference. Edmonds, WA. 5-6 October 2018.
North Street Collective Open House. Mendocino Co, CA. 6 September 2018.
San Miguel Writer’s Conference. San Miguel de Allende. 15 February 2018.
Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana. Mexico City, Mexico. 16 June 2017.
Warren Wilson College. Ashville, North Carolina. 23 September 2016.
Universidad Iberoamericana. Mexico City, Mexico. June 2016.
University of Arizona. Tucson, Arizona. 13 March 2015.
Women’s National Book Association. Seattle, Washington. 8 March 2015.
University of Witwatersrand. Johannesburg, South Africa. 30 October 2014.
Elliot Bay Book Store. Seattle, Washington. 5 October 2014.
Equality State Book Festival. Casper, Wyoming. 11 September 2014.
University of Washington Book Store. Seattle, Washington. 28 August 2014.
Redmond Association of the Spoken Word. Redmond, Washington. 22 August 2014.
Jack Straw Writers Program. Seattle, Washington. May 2014
Portland State University. Portland, Oregon. 12 May 2013.
Old Growth Literary Northwest. Seattle, Washington. 30 April 2013.