“L” is for Ludvigson, Susan [b. 1942]. Poet. A native of Wisconsin, Ludvigson received an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and, for two years studied at the University of South Carolina with James Dickey. She then joined the faculty at Winthrop University, but also spent six months of the year in southern France. In a 1986 interview, Ludvigson recalled that she wrote her first poems while still in her teens. As an adult she became committed to poetry. Her first volume, Step Carefully in Night Grass appeared in 1974. Her second, Northern Lights was published in 1981 and began her connection with Louisiana State University Press, which published the six collections of poems that followed. Since 1979, Susan Ludvigson’s work has earned many awards, including Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships.