Stephen Kuusisto

poet and author of 'Have Dog, Will Travel' ; Professor in the Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies

Stephen Kuusisto

Stephen Kuusisto is the author of the memoirs Planet of the Blind (a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”) and Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening and of the poetry collections Only Bread, Only Light, and Letters to Borges.

His newest memoir, Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey was published in March, 2018 by Simon & Schuster. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a Fulbright Scholar, he has taught at the University of Iowa, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, and The Ohio State University. He currently teaches at Syracuse University where he holds a professorship in Disability Studies.

He is a frequent speaker in the US and abroad. His website is:


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