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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 324
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)

Winner of the 2023 Memoir Magazine Book Prize in the Literature and Grief category

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”