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Susan Howe
Susan Howe (b. 1937), poet, scholar, and educator, was raised in New England. In both her poetry and prose, Howe has grappled with American literary history and myths of origin. Her poetry collections, which number more than a dozen, include Singularities (1990), Pierce-Arrow (1999), and The Midnight (2003). Books of criticism are My Emily Dickinson (1985) and The Birth-Mark: Unsettling the Wilderness in American Literary History (1993), named an "International Book of the Year" by the Times Literary Supplement.

A former Guggenheim Fellow (1996), Howe has received two American Book Awards from the Before Columbus Foundation. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999 and elected Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2000. Since 1989 she has been a professor of English at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she is now the Samuel P. Capen Chair of Poetry and the Humanities. Susan Howe lives in Guilford, Connecticut.

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