Department: Behavioral Sciences School: College of Arts and Sciences Campus: Manhattan
Member of NYIT Since: 1983
In her 2013 collection of poems, Salem in Séance, Susana Case, Ph.D., delves into one of her favorite creative styleshistorically based poetry. She used archival material from the Salem witchcraft trials of the late 1600s.
Case has made a career of teaching and publishing poetry. Her first collection, a small series of poems about mathematicians in prewar Poland, was a milestone that would later lead to what she calls her proudest professional momentan invitation to an international mathematics symposium at a university in Poland to read excerpts from "The Scottish Café."
"It really brought home to me how poetry can have international and cross-disciplinary reach," she says.
Case rarely slows down from writing. Her next book of poems on rock-and-roll is done. Elvis Presley's Hips & Mick Jagger's Lips will be published by Anaphora Literary Press in April, and she will speak at an upcoming panel on career development for poets, beginning with smaller collections called "chapbooks." She has published several of these, including The Cost of Heat, which is loosely based on her life with artist-husband Eric Hoffmann.
She lives in New York City, is a member of the American Sociological Association and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, and serves on the advisory committee of the Slapering Hol Press imprint of the Hudson Valley Writers' Center. From 2007 to 2010, her poems were nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize, an honor for authors published by small presses.
Case finds the best time to relax is on vacations with her husband. She enjoys photography and reading books such as poet Frederick Seidel's Nice Weather, and says the best part of her job is "talking to students about how they visualize their lives unfolding."
There are few places she goes without leaving with new ideas for her work.
"I find creative inspiration in my daily life, in what I read, in what I dream about at night," she says.