Susan Briante’s most recent book The Market Wonders (Ahsahta Press) was a finalist for the National Poetry Series. The Kenyon Review calls it masterful at every turn. She is also the author of the poetry collections Pioneers in the Study of Motion and Utopia Minus (an Academy of American Poets Notable Book of 2011), both from Ahsahta Press. About Utopia Minus, Publisher’s Weekly declared: “this book finds an urgent language for the world in which we live.”


Briante writes creative nonfiction and essays on documentary poetics. Some of these can be found in Gulf Coast, Guernica, Black Warrior Review, Creative Nonfiction, Rethinking History, Jacket2 and The Believer. Her poems and essays been collected (or are forthcoming) in the anthologies Bodies Built for Game (The Prairie Schooner Anthology of Contemporary Sports Writing), The Poetry of Capital (Univ of Wisc.), Poems for Political Disaster (Boston Review), The Force of What’s Possible, The Volta Book of Poets, The Arcadia Project: the North American Postmodern Pastoral, Starting Today: Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days, The Sonnets: Rewriting

Shakespeare, and An Introduction to the Prose Poem.

A translator, she lived in Mexico City from 1992-1997 working for the magazines Artes de México and Mandorla. Her translations have appeared in the journals Bomb, Bombay Gin, Translation Review and Review: Latin American Literature and Arts (among many others) as well as in the anthologies Reversible Monuments: Contemporary Mexican Poetry and Hotel Lautreamont: Contemporary Poetry of Uruguay.


Briante has received grants and awards from the Atlantic Monthly, the MacDowell Colony, the Academy of American Poets, the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund, the US-Mexico Fund for Culture, and (most recently) the Ucross Foundation.


Her research and teaching interests include poetry and poetics, creative nonfiction, cross-genre writing, experimental autobiography, documentary studies, affect theory, and translation. She is a professor of creative writing at the University of Arizona. She serves as the faculty liaison and educational facilitator for the Southwest Field Studies in Writing Program. The Southwest Field Studies in Writing program amplifies voices and expands dialogue on issues related to the border by sending three Creative Writing MFA students to research and write during a two-week residency in Patagonia, AZ, on projects unique to the borderlands.


Briante also produces and hosts the radio program Speedway and Swan, an hour of free-form poetry and music on KXCI 91.3 Tucson.


An interview at The Rumpus

An interview at Terrain 

Reading poems at the University of Arizona Poetry Center

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