About Me!

I am Susan Spilecki,  a poet who teaches writing and communication at MIT and Northeastern University. Living in Japan for two years after college left me with a lifelong love of Japanese arts and culture. Being a lifelong geek has made me fascinated with popular culture and especially feminist icons. I also love to write about flamenco, martial arts, yoga, food and relationships. I believe that poetry should reflect our real daily lives and I aim to look at that from many different directions on this blog.

18 comments on “About Me!

  1. Hi Susan…I am so grateful you stopped by Grace Notes. I read your About page…and it made me remember a poem I wrote. It uses Japan as a metaphor, but it really is more about my father who was based in Japan during the Korean war…

    I hope you enjoy it, and apologies for what I am certain are ignorances and heavy-handednesses in the use of the metaphors…they fit far more as explanations for childhood traumas than as true comments on the exquisite and tragically beautiful and wonderful nation of Japan

    Much love,


  2. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Nice to connect with you.

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  3. Thom Hickey says:

    Thanks very much for following The Immortal Jukebox Susan. I hope you will enjoy lots of entertaining writing and the wide variety of music. I usually post once a week. Please feel free to add comments. If it’s been a while since you visited come on over and see what’s new! Good luck with your writing. Regards Thom.


  4. nwilliams316 says:

    I wanted to let you know I’ve nominated you for the blogger’s Liebster Award!! Check out more info here: https://nicolee316.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/liebster-award/

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  5. deecrowseer says:

    Thanks for checking out my blog, and “Like”-ing so many posts! 🙂

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  6. So glad to meet you, thanks to Mike Allegra, a loyal and true blogging friend.

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  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog. There is a new post with a one-day-only lifespan that you may, or may not, enjoy.

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  8. Awesome this sounds great, Susan. I’m about to go to Japan. Happy that I found you. 💜 Blessings.

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  9. September should be good weather.


  10. Shreya says:

    Hi Professor,

    I never really ‘got’ poetry, but I saw your poem, “November Alchemy,” and I could picture the scene and the emotion. I loved the way you described finding passion in older age. It inspired me to write my first poem in a decade, and to realize I actually can and do understand poetry. I just wanted you to know that.



    • That is so awesome! I just had a conversation about this issue today. Our elementary or more probably high school teachers make kids think that poetry is some kind of arcane code rather than a person using the most beautiful words they can find to work through something they have been thinking about and share it with others in a way more accessible than a novel or book of philosophy. May Sarton said every poem is a love poem because it is an act of paying close attention. I like that. Keep writing!


      • Shreya says:

        Precisely. It always felt encrypted. I’m just realizing that my favorite phrases in books like “Anne of Green Gables” and “Villette” are actually poetry that has snuck in the back door via prose when I wasn’t looking: that actually it’s not merely mysterious lines that rhyme, but a fresh, romantic way of perceiving the world. It’s been a pretty cool discovery. Thanks again!


  11. Yes! Exactly! I like that: I fresh, romantic way of perceiving the world.


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