Susan Kan

Susan Kan is founding director of Perugia Press, a nonprofit, independent literary press located in western Massachusetts. In addition to being the editor and publisher, Susan is one the many judges for their national poetry contest, the Perugia Press Prize. Prior to starting the press, Susan earned her MFA in creative writing from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Annually, Susan looks at more than 500 manuscripts. She knows what affects how well a manuscript is received in a contest—from its physical presentation to the overall cohesiveness of the poetry.

Here is the exciting news: Susan is now offering a personal manuscript review service for individualized feedback on poetry manuscripts.

A manuscript review would be helpful if:

Intrigued? Contact me for submission details, scheduling, and fees.

Feedback from Inspired Poets

“With your suggestions of a new title, a different shape, and additional poems, my manuscript has just been accepted for publication by Lynx House Press. I owe your insight and editorial abilities from July 2013 a huge debt of gratitude. My 80th birthday is next week, and what a glorious birthday present I received, thanks to you.”
— Mariève Rugo, August 2014


“About a year ago you reviewed my manuscript, and I wanted to let you know how grateful I am for your astute, generous, and sensitive response. I worked hard on revising per your advice, and in August of 2013, I won a first book award from ABZ press, judged by C.D. Wright. Needless to say I am thrilled. I’m sure I will utilize your expertise again and again. My book is due out May 1st.”
— Jean McDonough, February 2014


“You saw connections between individual poems that I was blind to.... Your praise and feedback provided a context for the contest arena.”
— Emari DiGiorgio, June 2013


“Thank you for your excellent critique (and also for the generosity in the positive feedback). Yes, you put your finger on the pulse of the problem with this manuscript and if I were a publisher, these would be precisely my concerns. Anyway, thanks again for a penetrating and valuable analysis. It just felt absolutely on-target. I appreciate the time and thought you put into this and am taking your comments closely to heart.”
— Rebecca Foust, November 2012


“I wanted to thank you for your careful reading of my poetry. Your commentary is enormously helpful and rings true. Because it has been such a personal journey to write the poems, I have had little ability to discern the soft, sentimental spots, or the distance to see what the poems need to hold their own. I am very grateful for your insights and your ideas for revision. Thank you for the encouragement to keep going--I definitely feel inspired toward more daring and compelling work!”
— Tina Carlson, September 2012


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