Susan Gubernat Faculty Profile

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Susan  Gubernat


Department of English

  • MA English Literature; Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ
  • MFA Creative Writing: Poetry; Writiers' Workshop, University of Iowa

Not teaching this semester.


Book Flesh (Kansas City and Los Angeles: Helicon Nine Editions, 1999): Winner of the Marianne Moore Poetry Prize, 1998.

Chapbook Analog House: A Cabinet of Curiosities. Forthcoming from Finishing Line Press, Lexington, Kentucky (2010-11).

Magazines & Journals (recent) “Estero,” Tattoo Highway 20 (Summer 2010) “Fonder” (a sonnet sequence), Cimarron Review 171 (Spring 2010) 10-12. “Reading Loop: The Sibyl at Cumae,” “I Was in Gym Class When Cronkite

Said They’d Shot Him,” Gargoyle 55 (2009) 73-75. “Deathbed Proof,” “Day Lilies” “Beautiful Contrivances in the Sex Life

of Orchids” Stand (U.K.) 9:3 (2009) 59-60. “The Right Hand of Goltzius,” Parthenon West Review 6 (2008-9) 186-7. “Poster Children.” Lullwater Review XVIII:II (November 2008) 13. “The Roosevelt,” Crab Orchard Review 13:2 (Summer/Fall 2008) 72.

 “Sharing a Birthday with Mata Hari,” Confrontation 101 (Spring/Summer 2008)

255-6. “Too Soon,” The Yalobusha Review XII (2008) 24. “Feather Duster,” “Ground Note,” “Hats, Purses, Gloves,” Michigan Quarterly

Review XLVI:2 (Spring 2007).

“Ground Time,” “The World of Our Unmaking,” Poemeleon II:2 (Winter 2007) “Etruscans,” The Cortland Review (December 2006) “Nutcracker,” Poetry 365 (2006) “The Singer,” “Easter Bread,” “Hades,” Pleiades 25:1 (2005) 87-89. “Working Class,” “The Nuns,” “Literally,” Flowering Cherry and Autumn

Maple With Poem Slips,” “Winter Coats” (reprinted) 2004-5) http://poetry

“Good Friday,” McSweeney’s Internet Tendency (2004) “The Snake and the Fig Leaf,” Tattoo Highway 5 (2003) “Voyeur,” Tattoo Highway 4 (2002). “Winter Coats,” The Texas Review XXI: 3-4 (Winter 2000) 104.

Poems “Wedding Cookies,” “On a Scale Of” in Prairie Schooner (Spring 2011) Forthcoming “Shaggy Parasol” in Spillway (Fall 2010).

Anthologies “Hades” in Letters to the World. ed. Moira Richards et al. (Los Angeles: Red Hen Press, 2008), 176. “Women Washing Clothes in the Kabul River” in 100 Poets Against the War, ed. Todd Swift (UK: Salt Publishing, 2003).

“To the Close Friend Most Unlike Me” in Winners: A Retrospective of the Washington Prize. ed. Karren Alenier et al. (Washington, D.C.: The WordWorks, 1999), 25.

Works-in-Progress           Shaggy Parasol.  Completed book manuscript, poetry. Runner-up: Dorset Prize (Tupelo Press); Philip Levine Prize (Anhinga Press/California State University, Fresno). Finalist: Green Rose Prize (New Issues Press); National Poetry Series; twice for Oberlin’s Field prize. Semi-finalist: Miller Williams Book Prize, University of Arkansas Press.

Absolutely Winter. Book manuscript. Poetry.

2009 Finalist: Green Rose Prize 2009 Finalist: Chapbook

  Contests 2008 Finalist Summer 2008 Research Support Grant April—June 2007 Fellowship/ Residency Spring 2007 Sabbatical Leave 2006 Runner-up 2006 Finalist May 2004 VOX 2004: “Showcasing

American Composers” Series 2004 Finalist Summer 2003 Research Support Grant Summer 2002 Research Support Grant 2002 Fellowship/Residency February 2001 New Voice Award: 2000 2001 Runner-up 2001 Distinguished Faculty Award 2000 Fellowship/Residency 1999 Fellowship/Residency 1999 Fellowship/Residency 1999 Poetry Fellow 1998 Marianne Moore Prize

Writers’ Workshop, University of Iowa Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

New Issues Press Tupelo Press Snowbound Series;

The Ledge; Poetry West Oberlin’s Field Prize Cal State East Bay Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Cal State East Bay Dorset Prize (Tupelo Press) Oberlin’s Field Prize

New York City Opera National Poetry Series Cal State Hayward Cal State Hayward MacDowell Colony Rossley Awards Philip Levine Prize for Poetry Nassau Comm. College Yaddo MacDowell Colony Millay Colony

N. Y. State Foundation for the Arts Helicon Nine Editions

AWARDS (Pre-1998) Academic:

Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Women’s Studies Teaching Fellowships: Rhetoric Department, University of Iowa           English Department, Rutgers University Louis Bevier Research Fellow, Rutgers University


New Jersey Arts Council Grant in Poetry The Washington Prize: WordWorks Press Book Award Finalist: The National Poetry Series; The Agnes Lynch

Starrett Prize (University of Pittsburgh); THE Journal Prize (Ohio State University); Four Way Books, First Book Award Semi-Finalist: The Nation/Discovery Prize


CSU East Bay; Associate Prfessor English Department 2001-present

Nassau Community College; Assistant Professor English Department 1993-2001

Univ. of Iowa; Academic Advisor/Adjunct Instructor 1992-1993

Univ. of Iowa; Co-leader, Professional Development Program Rhetoric Department 1991

Univ. of Iowa; Teaching Assistant Rhetoric Department 1990-1992

Mt. Wachusett Comminuty College; Instructor The Learning Center 1980-1982

Rutgers Univ.; Adjunct Instructor English 1976-1980

LaGuardia Community College; Adjunct Lecturer Humanities 1975-1976

Nassau Community College; Creative Writing Project Program Director 1997-1999

Mt. Wachusett Community College; Beyong 9 to 5 Co-founder 1981-1982