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Susan V. Meyers



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Winner of the Nilsen Award,

this historical novel tells the story of my family’s circus

during the 1930s and 1940s.

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Fulbright-funded research study that tells the story of Mexican school children who immigrate to the United States.


"I Wanted to Get Pregnant With My Gay Friend's Sperm" in HuffPost

"Visits to the Border" in Creative Nonfiction

"This Frozen Life" in The Rumpus

"Origin Myths" in Hippocampus

"Unwomaning" in New Orleans Review



Reviews of 

Failing the Trapeze

A Editors' Pick

" 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

" 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...."

--Community Literacy Journal

"...real life testimonies from real women living in a small town in Mexico."--Reading in the Borderlands 

Recent News


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

         Residency Program

2016 Fellow at Brush Creek Foundation

2015 Fellow at Playa Arts Center​

2014 Grant Recipient, Artist Trust

2013 Winner, Nilsen Award for a First


2013 Finalist, New American Fiction


2013 Grant Recipient, American  

         Association of University Women

2011 Grant Recipient, National

         Endowment for the Humanities

In The Press



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 PostCreative 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

October 2022.

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.

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