This audio was recorded at Dia:Chelsea on February 11, 2013 as part of Dia's Readings in Contemporary Poetry series.
Susan Howe is known for innovative verse that crosses genres and disciplines in its theoretical underpinnings and approach to history. Layered and allusive, her work draws on her Irish roots and early American history weaving quotation and image into poems that often revise standard typography. Her most recent work includes The Midnight (New Directions, 2003), Souls of Labadie Tract (New Directions, 2007), and THAT THIS (New Directions, 2010). Howe has received numerous honors and awards for her work, including, most recently the 2010 Bollingen Prize for American Poetry and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. She has been a Stanford Institute for Humanities Distinguished Fellow, as well as the Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. She taught for many years at the State University of New York-Buffalo, where she held the Samuel P. Capen Chair of Poetry and the Humanities. Susan Howe and Kate Colby read that evening.
To hear Vincent Katz's introduction to Susan Howe, please click here.