Susan Howe

Susan Howe (born 1937 in Boston; lives and works in Guilford) is an American poet, essayist and critic, who has been closely associated with the Language poets, an avant-garde group that emerged in the late 1960s in the United States. Since the beginning of her career, Howe has worked across many media and disciplines and has been interested in the visual and sonic possibilities of language. Her work is often classified as Postmodern because it expands traditional notions of literary genres, including their theoretical foundations and approaches to their history. Howe’s texts are multi-layered and allusive, often mirroring the early history and ancient mythology of the Americas as well as the work of other authors.

Howe’s work has been presented in numerous solo exhibitions, e.g., at the Yale Union in Portland (2013), as well as group exhibitions, e.g., at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (2014), the Bureau des Réalités in Brussels (2018), the ISSUE Project Room in New York (in collaboration with David Grubbs, 2013), and repeatedly at MoMA in New York.