Susan Gevirtz lives in San Francisco. Her books of poetry include Aerodrome Orion & Starry Messenger (Kelsey Street, 2010); BROADCAST (Trafficker, 2010); Thrall (Post-Apollo Press, 2007); Hourglass Transcripts (Burning Deck, 2001); Spelt, a collaboration with Myung Mi Kim (a+bend, 1999); Black Box Cutaway (Kelsey Street, 1999); PROSTHESIS : : CAESAREA (Potes and Poets, 1994; reissue Little Red Leaves, 2009); Taken Place (Reality Street 1993); Linen minus (Avenue B 1992); and Domino: point of entry (Leave Books, 1992).
Her critical study on the work of modernist Dorothy Richardson and early film, Narrative's Journey: The Fiction and Film Writing of Dorothy Richardson, was published by Peter Lang in 1996. Coming Events: Collected Writing, is forthcoming from Nightboat Press. Many essays have appeared in literary magazines and scholarly journals.
Assistant professor for 10 years at Sonoma State University, Calfornia, she now teaches in CCA's graduate Visual and Critical Studies and Fine Arts programs. She has also taught in CCA's MFA Program in Writing and the MFA in Writing programs at the University of San Francisco, Mills College, and San Francisco State University, and at The Hellenic International School of the Arts, Paros, Greece.
She was an associate editor of HOW(ever), a journal of modernist/innovative directions in women’s poetry and scholarship, and on the editorial advisory board for its successor, the online journal HOW2, and for the journal Avec.
In the spring of 2000 she received the New Langton Arts Bay Area Award in Literature. She has collaborated on multiple works with interdisciplinary artist Margaret Tedesco, and with Tedesco and sound artist Andrew Klobucar in performance at The Lab in 2001. Her play Motion Picture Home was performed by San Francisco Poets Theatre in the winter of 2002.
She edited a feature section on David Bromige for Jacket 22 in 2003. A collaboration with sound artist/musician Scanner (aka Robin Rimbaud) resulted in the audio piece and performance Aerodrome Orion in 2006. In late 2010, Broadcast was included in a series of 35-megaphone open-air performances by Ensemble Zwischentöne in Berlin.
She is on the board of Voiceworks, an ongoing project that explores the possibilities and practice of contemporary song in poetry, text, music, and sound. Voiceworks is dedicated to making new and innovative work, and to reflecting on and documenting the collaborative and creative exchange between a new generation of poets, composers, and singers.
Since 2004 she has co-organized the annual translation and conversation meeting of The Paros Symposium with Greek poet Siarita Kouka and other guest Greek and Anglophone poets.
She recently collaborated with Lynn Marie Kirby on a project prompted by “Little City Gardens” in San Francisco -- thinking about urban gardens, food procuring, and histories of both.
Gevirtz regularly gives poetry readings in the United States and elsewhere.
Areas of specialty include literary theory, poetics, gender studies, and cultural theory. She has studied classical literature and philosophy at the graduate level, and cultural studies and writing and literature at the undergraduate level.