Associate Professor, English
Poetry, creative writing
2006 Ph.D., University of Illinois- Chicago
1994 M.A., University of Colorado
1991 B.A., University of Colorado
Muench, S. (2014). Wolf Centos (1st ed.) Louisville, KY: Sarabande Books.
“Dear Chicago” in the anthology A Writers’ Congress: Chicago Poets on Barack Obama’s Inauguration, Humanities Center and the DePaul Poetry Institute, 2009
“Hex” In the Belgium Alhambra Publishing Poetry Calendar, 2009
“the ferment,” “the elliptic mirror” and “the Matryoshka” in Seven Corners, February 2009
“Dear Player” and “An Aptitude for Bird” written with Dr. Philip Jenks, in Cinematheque, February 2009
Muench, S. (2014, November). Open Door Reading Series. Lecture conducted from The Poetry Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Muench, S. (2015, April). BLP: The spoon is too big. Reading presented at the annual AWP Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
Keynote speaker and master class presenter for Illinois Wesleyan University’s Undergraduate Wiring Conference, “Tongue and Ink,” April 2009
Featured speaker and panelist for Southern Illinois University’s “Devil’s Kitchen Conference,” October 2008
Featured Reader in numerous venues August 2008—April 2009
Panel presenter: “Performing Poetry: Good on the Stage, Good on the Page,” AWP Conference, April 2010, Denver, CO
Kentucky Women Writers Conference in Lexington, KY on September 10 and 11, 2010 along with writers Patricia Smith, Heather Sellers and Diane Ackerman
Cleveland State University Poetry Center Reading Series. Reading with Jason Koo and Mathias Svalina, February 25, 2010
Recipient of The 2014 Helen Coburn Meier and Tim Meier Charitable Foundation for the Arts Achievement Award.
2015 Featured Illinois Poet at the Illinois Poet Laureate website.
Selected as one of New City’s Literary Top 50, “Who Really Books in Chicago” June 2008.
Recipient of a $7,000 2009 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry. Publications: “Orange Girl Suite #1” from Orange Crush, Belgium Press, Alhambra Publishing’s Poetry Calendar 2010: 365 Classic and Contemporary poems.
A selection of six poems from Orange Crush has been translated into Spanish and chosen for an anthology of contemporary North American poetry to be published in Santiago, Chile: La alteración del silencio: poesía norteamericana reciente, edited by Galo Ghigliotto and William Allegrezza.