Susan Kolodny

Susan Kolodny is the author of three books: two collections of poetry, Preserve (Finishing Line Press, September 2017) and After the Firestorm (Mayapple Press, 2011), and a work of prose nonfiction, The Captive Muse: On Creativity and Its Inhibition (PsychoSocial Press, 2000). She is a psychoanalyst in practice in Oakland where she specializes in work with artists and writers, is on the faculty of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, where she founded and chairs a program called Poetry & Psychoanalysis, and is a Personal Analyst for The Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. She has taught psychoanalytic writing and theory, and has taught and lectured widely on creativity and what gets in its way.


Her poems appear in a number of journals including New England Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Marlboro Review, and River Styx, and in a several poetry anthologies, most recently The Place That Inhabits Us (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2010).  Dr. Kolodny has authored papers and reviews and coauthored papers which appeared in AWP Chronicle, Fort Da: Journal of the Northern California Society for Psychoanalystic Psychotherapy, International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Society, and the Journal of Suicide and Life Threatening Behaviors.