Suzanne Churchill

Professor of English


Ph.D., M. A. Princeton University
B.A. Middlebury College

A chance encounter in the library stacks with a bound volume of Others: A Magazine of the New Verse precipitated my career-long interest in modernist magazines. I have published books and articles on modern periodicals, poetry, and pedagogy, including The Little Magazine ‘Others’ and the Renovation of Modern American Poetry (Ashgate 2006) and Little Magazines and Modernism: new approaches, co-edited with Adam McKible (Ashgate 2007). I’ve also collaborated with students on scholarly articles and on the bibliographic website, Index of Modernist Magazines.

My primary training is in modern poetry and modernism, fields characterized by formal experimentation. My fascination with literary forms has fueled my recent experiments with digital platforms for creative and scholarly production. Current projects include co-editing a Harlem Renaissance edition of Modernism/Modernity; collaborating with students on a study of racial silencing in Contempo magazine; and designing a digital platform to chart avant-garde poet Mina Loy’s migration from Italian Futurism to New York Dada.

I teach courses in modern poetry, modernism, the Harlem Renaissance, word-art, and digital writing. My pedagogy is interdisciplinary and collaborative, as reflected in my affiliations with Africana Studies, Digital Studies, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Global Literary Theory, the Humanities Program, and the Writing Program.