Download my cv here.

IMG_5928In Fall 2019, I joined the Department of English at the College of Wooster as Assistant Professor of World Anglophone Literatures. At Wooster, I will be teaching courses on protest poetry, language and literature, African literature, and postcolonial poetics.

My research focuses on contemporary African poetry, with  emphases on performance, audience formation and response, new media, and the politics of speech, including language policy and political rhetoric. I am generally interested in how changing media platforms and global institutions influence the relationship between poetic form and aesthetic networks. My dissertation project, “Viral Verses: Poetic Movements and Social Media in Southeastern Africa,” examines how poets, arts organizers, and community members make, publish, and interact with poetry across online and digital spaces in MalawiSouth Africa, and Zimbabwe.

I argue that digital media open new opportunities for cultural prestige for writers from historically marginalized areas–even as the algorithms of these media constrain the forms that gain attention. Balancing these two concerns, writers have established new literary communities and spaces that exceed local divides while engaging local communities. Poetry in particular–as an allusive, often multimodal form, that circulates widely online–forms a bridge between digital movement and grounded action to offer new opportunities for community organizing. My articles on poetry, political rhetoric, and media are forthcoming with Research in African Literatures and African Studies Review.

I am committed to scholarship and the arts within and beyond the classroom. At Northwestern University, where I completed my Ph. D. in English in June 2019, I taught courses on literature and politics, ran the Graduate Student Digital Humanities Pedagogy Workshop, and organized arts events and conferences.

Get in touch with me at ssacks@wooster.edu, or make an appointment with me at susannasacks.youcanbook.me.