Born in 1937 in Boston, Massachusetts, Susan Howe is the author of numerous volumes of poetry, including The Midnight (2003), Kidnapped (2002), Pierce-Arrow (1999), Frame Structures: Early Poems 1974-1979 (1996), The Nonconformist’s Memorial (1993), The Europe of Trusts: Selected Poems (1990), and Singularities (1990). Howe is also the author of two books of criticism: The Birth-Mark: Unsettling the Wilderness in American Literary History (1993), named “International Book of the Year” by the Times Literary Supplement, and My Emily Dickinson (1985). Susan Howe was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999 and a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets in 2000; she has been a fellow at The American Academy in Berlin and a distinguished fellow at the Stanford Institute of the Humanities. She held the Samuel P. Capen Chair of Poetry and the Humanities at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and has taught at Princeton, University of Chicago, University of Utah, and Wesleyan University.
Susan Howe’s literary archive is housed at the Beinecke Library; for a detailed description of the collection visit the Guide to the Susan Howe Papers, YCAL MSS 338. Selected materials from the archive can be seen online in the Beinecke’s Digital Library: Susan Howe Papers. Additional related resources in Beinecke Library collections may be found in Orbis and the Finding Aid Database.