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Susan Briante is the author most recently of Defacing the Monument, a series of essays on immigration, archives, aesthetics and the state, winner of the Poetry Foundation’s Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism in 2021. In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly calls the collection “a superb examination of the ethical issues facing artists who tell others’ stories” and a “dazzlingly inventive and searching text.” Briante is also the author of three books of poetry:  Pioneers in the Study of Motion, Utopia Minus, and The Market Wonders.


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 in the anthologies The Best American Poetry 2021, 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 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 and director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing. She serves as the co-coordinator of 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 engage in reciprocal research and write during a two-week residency in Patagonia, AZ, on projects unique to the borderlands.


An interview at The Rumpus

An interview at Terrain 

Reading poems at the University of Arizona Poetry Center

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