Susan Howe has defied pat definitions of contemporary avant-garde poetry and has created a diverse body work in varied media and across many disciplines. Her critical work includes the book My Emily Dickinson, which has been called "one of our seminal works of creative scholarship" by the poet Michael Palmer. Ms. Howe has been active as an actress, a painter, and a radio producer, and has collaborated with experimental musician David Grubbs on a series of interdisciplinary projects including two audio compilations - Thiefth and Songs of the Labadie Tract.
Ms. Howe has received two American Book Awards and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999. In 1996 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 1998 she was a distinguished fellow at the Stanford Institute of the Humanities. She was elected a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets in 2000.
Ms. Howe is author of many books of poetry, including Europe of Trusts: Selected Poems, Frame Structures: Early Poems 1974-1979 and The Midnight. Her work has appeared in the anthologies The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry and In the American Tree.
On Howe's performance of her own writing, the poet Maureen Owen observes: "Listening to her read is like staring into a lake enchanted mesmerized drawn closer and closer until the tip of the nose touches water & then swiftly one senses danger danger a warning a voice saying No, no wrong way not the lake not the lake over here & yes she's over there now & the magnetic pull begins again."