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Skidmore College
English Department

Susannah MintzSusannah Mintz


B.A., UC Berkeley
M.F.A.,  Columbia University
Ph.D., Rice University

Office: Palamountain 305
Phone: (518) 580-5169

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Disability Studies
  • Autobiography and Life Writing
  • Creative Nonfiction/Personal Essay
  • Seventeenth-century British literature
  • Poetry

Courses Taught

  • EN 110: Introduction to Literary Studies
  • EN 213: Poetry
  • EN 219: Nonfiction
  • EN 223: Women and Literature
  • EN 229: Disability in Literature
  • EN 280: Introduction to Nonfiction Writing
  • EN 347: Seventeenth-Century Poetry and Prose
  • EN 348: Milton and Popular Culture
  • EN 377: Reading for Writers: Nonfiction
  • EN 378: Nonfiction Workshop
  • EN 381N: Advanced Projects in Writing Nonfiction

Selected Publications


Love Affair in the Garden of Milton
Love Affair in the Garden of Milton (LSU Press, September 2021)
The Disabled Detective: Sleuthing Disability in Contemporary Crime Fiction
The Disabled Detective: Sleuthing Disability in Contemporary Crime Fiction (Bloomsbury, 2019)
Hurt and Pain
Hurt and Pain: Literature and the Suffering Body (Bloomsbury, 2014)
On the Literary Nonfiction of Nancy Mairs
On the Literary Nonfiction of Nancy Mairs: A Critical Anthology, ed. Lisa M. Johnson and Susannah B. Mintz (Palgrave, 2011)
Unruly Bodies
Unruly Bodies: Life Writing by Women with Disabilities North Carolina, 2007)
Threshold Poetics
Threshold Poetics: Milton and Intersubjectivity (Delaware, 2003)

Scholarly essays in: Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, PMLA, Milton Studies, Life Writing, biography, National Women’s Studies Association Journal, Restoration, George Herbert Journal and elsewhere

Chapters in: New Feminist Literary Studies, Jane Eyre and Disability, An Collins and the Historical Imagination, New Essays on Life Writing and the Body, Approaches to Teaching Life Writing Texts, Re-Reading Thomas Traherne and elsewhere

Essay and memoir in: Sonora Review, Epiphany, Ninth Letter, Michigan Quarterly, South Loop, Birmingham Poetry Review, Puerto del Sol, Sycamore Review, The Writer’s Chronicle, Life Writing and elsewhere

Prose poetry and flash nonfiction in: Thread/Stitch, Best New Poets 2016, American Literary Review

Encyclopedia editing in: Disability in the Long Eighteenth Century, vol. 4, co-edited with Chris Gabbard, A Cultural History of Disability (Bloomsbury, 2019) Gale-Cengage Disability Experiences, 2-volume encyclopedia, co-advising with G. Thomas Couser

Selected honors and awards:

  • Special Mention, Pushcart Prize XLII (2018), for “White Matter”
  • Ralph Ciancio Award for Excellence in Teaching, Skidmore College (2017)
  • Finalist, Epiphany chapbook contest (2015), for Paper Cranes
  • Winner, South Loop Review National Essay Contest (2014), for “False Starts”
  • Notable Essay mention, Best American Essays 2010, for “Dirty Little Secret of Sabbatical”
  • Finalist, William Allen Nonfiction Prize, The Journal (2010), for “Vanishings”