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Our Teachers

The Muse's instructors are all working writers and published authors who have taught courses at colleges, universities, and other community organizations. Read our teachers’ biographies and see what classes they are currently teaching.

Suzanne Rhodes

Suzanne Underwood Rhodes is the Poet Laureate of Arkansas and a prize-winning poet and essayist living in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She has taught poetry at the Muse for several years--in-person before moving out of Virginia in 2018, and remotely since then. Suzanne publishes her poems regularly in journals and anthologies such as Green Mountains Review, Belle Point Press, Image, Christian Century, Slant, Alaska Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Spiritus, Poems of Devotion, Between Midnight and Dawn, In Place, and many others. She has published four collections of poetry, the most recent being Flying Yellow (Paraclete Press), which was a semi-finalist in the North American 2022 Book Award of the Poetry Society of Virginia. Others are Hungry Foxes (Aldrich Press), Weather of the House (Sow’s Ear Press), and What a Light Thing, This Stone (Sow’s Ear Press). Currently she is working on a new book of poems. She also has two collections of lyrical prose--Sketches of Home and A Welcome Shore (both Canon Press). She was a resident fellow at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and holds an MA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars in poetry. While she’s taught writing and literature at King University, St. Leo University, Old Dominion University, and other schools, her favorite students are the talented, hard-working and beloved Muse poets.