Associate Professor , CRWT/LIT/HUAS/HUSL
Office: JO 5.112
Areas of Specialization: Poetry and poetics, creative non-fiction, cultural studies, Latin American literature, translation and gender studies.
Education: PhD, English, The University of Texas at Austin, 2006
MFA, Creative Writing--Poetry, Florida International University, 2000
MA, Comparative Literature, The University of Texas at Austin, 2000
BS, Journalism, Northwestern University, 1990
Dr. Susan Briante is the author of two collections of poetry: Utopia Minus (Ahsahta Press 2011) and Pioneers in the Study of Motion (Ahsahta Press 2007) as well as creative non-fiction, criticism and translation. CD Wright described Pioneers in the Study of Motion as "a work of shuddering velocity... an ode, a screed, a lament, a love song." Of her most recent collection, Publisher's Weekly writes Utopia Minus "finds an urgent language for the world in which we live."
Briante's poetry has appeared in more than 90 journals including New American Writing, TriQuarterly, and Ploughshares as well as been featured on the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day website and as part of the Poetry in Motion project. Her creative non-fiction has been published in The Believer, Creative Non-Fiction, and Rethinking History.
Dr. Briante frequently writes on documentary poetry in journals such as Jacket and XCP: Cross-Cultural Poetics. She is currently working on an introduction for and editing a section of the anthology Extending the Document: Source Material and the Lyric Imagination in Contemporary Poetry forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press.
In addition, her translations of and writing on Latin American poets and artists have been published in journals such as Bomb, Mandorla and Translation Review as well as in the anthologies Reversible Monuments: Contemporary Mexican Poetry (Copper Canyon) and Hotel Lautréamont: Contemporary Poetry from Uruguay (Shearsman Press).
Briante has received grants and awards from the Atlantic Monthly, the MacDowell Colony, the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, the Academy of American Poets, and the US-Mexico Fund for Culture, among many others.
She is working on a lyric investigation of the current economic crisis. Some of these poems can be found in the journals The Common, Third Coast and 1913 as well as in the chapbooks: The Market is a Parasite that Looks Like a Nest (Dancing Girl Press) and $INDU or Ghost Numbers: October 1, 2009--December 16, 2009 (Longhouse Press). You can read more about this project here.