Research Areas

Arts and Public Policy: Poetry; Visual Arts; Workplace Equity; Women in Construction



M.F.A., Warren Wilson College

B.A., University of Michigan


Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Personal Web Page

On Equal Terms Online Exhibition

On Equal Terms Project

Cornell University Press

The Electrical Worker

On Equal Terms Project Blog

On Equal Terms Touring Installation

Interview, Progressive Radio

Colorlines review, On Equal Terms

Susan Eisenberg

Susan Eisenberg

Susan Eisenberg

Susan Eisenberg is a poet, visual artist, and oral historian who works within and across genres. Introduced to the craft of poetry by Denise Levertov, she taught creative writing for a decade at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her fifth poetry collection, Stanley’s Girl (2018), was published by Cornell UP simultaneously with We’ll Call You If We Need You: Experiences of Women Working Construction, With a New Preface, a New York Times Notable Book. Also in 2018, an online exhibition, adapted from her 900-square-foot touring mixed-media art installation, launched. On Equal Terms: gender & solidarity, a project begun during her appointment as Twink Frey Visiting Social Activist at U-Michigan’s Center for the Education of Women, has a landing page and 12 interactive rooms. Among the first women in the country to become a licensed union electrician, Susan Eisenberg has drawn on research, art, and testimony to analyze, convey, and address occupational segregation and equity issues for women in historically-male occupations for four decades. She gives readings and speaks widely, at conferences and universities, often combining poetry and visual arts with analysis. Venues include the International Labour Organization in Geneva, the U.S. Dept. of Labor in Washington D.C., IBEW International Women’s Conference, CLUW National Leadership Conference, and the NABTU-sponsored Women Build Nations conference. Her work has been awarded grants from Mass Humanities and the 21st Century ILGWU Heritage Fund, and three residencies at Hedgebrook.

Current Projects

Susan Eisenberg, Director of the On Equal Terms Project, will be giving presentations of her recent poetry and nonfiction books and a newly-launched interactive online exhibition. She will curate new material into On Equal Terms: gender & solidarity, while working on new poetry and nonfiction projects.

Representative Publications

Eisenberg, Susan. On Equal Terms: gender & solidarity. Online exhibition with a landing page and 12 interactive rooms:

Eisenberg, Susan. Stanley’s Girl: Poems. Ithaca: Cornell, 2018.

Eisenberg, Susan. We’ll Call You If We Need You: Experiences of Women Working Construction, With a New Preface. Ithaca: Cornell, 2018.