Mitchell grew up in New York City, New York and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida. She has a B.A. in English literature from Wellesley College, an M.A. from Georgetown University, and was a PhD student at Columbia University. She has taught at Middlebury College and Northeastern Illinois University, and currently holds the Mary Blossom Lee Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University.
She has published poems in literary journals and magazines including The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, Ploughshares, and The Paris Review. Her poems have also been included in five volumes of The Best American Poetry and two Pushcart Prize volumes.
She has been recognized for her work by notable organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation. Her collection, Rapture, won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and was a National Book Award finalist.
- Erotikon (HarperCollins, 2001)
- Rapture (HarperPerennial, 1992)
- The Water Inside the Water (Wesleyan University Press, 1983)
Honors and awards
- 1993 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award
- 1992 Lannan Literary Award for Poetry
- 1982 NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry
- 1992 Guggenheim Fellowship
- The Political Forum Archived 2007-10-14 at the Wayback Machine > From the Journals of the Frog Prince by Susan Mitchell
- The Library of Congress > The Library Today > News > November 10, 1993 > Poets Susan Mitchell and Charles Wright To Read at Library of Congress on December 16
- Poetry Foundation > Poet: Susan Mitchell Bio
- Florida Atlantic University > English Department Faculty > Susan Mitchell Archived 2006-09-09 at the Wayback Machine
- Ploughshares > Authors & Articles > Susan Mitchell Bio
- HarperCollins > Author Page > Susan Mitchell Bio
- Review: Ploughshares Review by Diann Blakely of Rapture
- Review: Valpariso Poetry Review Review by Catherine Daly of Erotikon
- Review: The New York Times > Books in Brief: Poetry > Sunday, April 16, 2000 > Review by Melanie Rehak of Erotikon
- Poem: Library of Congress > Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools > The Dead by Susan Mitchell