Author: Susan Montez

Susan Montez was born in South Carolina but grew up in Farmville, Virginia. After graduating from Columbia University, she resided, on an irregular rotation, in New York and Virginia. While pursuing her MFA at Brooklyn College, she worked as a corporate travel agent. The complimentary plane tickets reflect myriad landscapes of many, although not all, of the poems in her first book of poems, Radio Free Queens. The inspiration that travel lent to her poetry gave way to the pull of home and the influence of longing. Following a year teaching in the South Bronx, Montez returned to Virginia where she got married, taught high school, became a mother, wrote her second book of poetry, got divorced, moved back to New York, got tenure at Norwalk Community College, and abruptly quit writing poetry. Despite her editor asking many times for TEACHING SHAKESPEARE, Montez declared herself "done with all that." She filed the manuscript away. Radio Free Queens was published by George Braziller in 1994. In March 2016, Susan Montez decided she would go back to writing poetry and publish TEACHING SHAKESPEARE. Four days later, she died.

Teaching Shakespeare
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Teaching Shakespeare

Astoria Books / Ugly Duckling Presse

Poetry. Introduction by Binnie Kirshenbaum. In language that is bold, wild, alarming, and invariably lyrical, the poems of Susan Montez are marked by the beauty and power of unabashedly honest intimacy. Grief that emanates from what's been lost—love...

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