Susan Maxwell Campbell grew up in Dallas and has degrees in French from the University of Colorado and Texas Tech University and in creative writing from the University of North Texas, where she received the University Writing Award for Graduate Poetry in 2006. Her work has appeared in Christian Century, English in Texas, North Texas Review, Ancient Paths, Snowy Egret, Borderlands, and other publications; her work has been nominated for a Pushcart award. Her book Anything You Ever Wanted to Know won the 2015 Poetry Society of Texas Eakins Book Award. She has written liturgy for worship services for two Presbyterian congregations. Susan serves as secretary of the Fort Worth Poetry Society and as a director on the board of the Poetry Society of Texas. She is retired from teaching in public schools and lives in Mansfield, Texas.
About Anything You Ever Wanted to Know:
Susan Maxwell Campbell's collection Anything You Ever Wanted to Know looks at the moments in life when you really learn something important--a father's sensitivity, your parents' mutual unhappiness, a memory you didn't know you had, the longing for art and music, and the enduring love of your grandparents. Many poems turn on the ultimate theological questions of our individual purpose in life and of the nature of good and evil in the world. They brim with images and things imbued with significance that is always there but not felt in the heart until a moment of clarity--the focused "thinking" eye. Campbell's work owes a debt to Ellen Bryant Voigt with her precision and closeness to the natural world and to Elizabeth Bishop with her delicate choices and expressions.