Mario Susko

2012 Long Island Poet of the Year

Mario Susko is the author of 30 poetry collections, including Closing Time (Harbor Mountain Press, 2008), Epi /Logos (erbacce press, UK, 2011), and Framing Memories (Harbor Mountain Press, 2011). He is the recipient of numerous awards, the 1997 and 2006 Nassau Review Poetry Award, the 1998 Premio Internazionale di Poesia e Letteratura “Nuove Lettere” (Italy), the 2000 Tin Ujevic Award for the best book of poems published in Croatia in 1999, the 2003 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, the 2003 and 2011 NCC Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award, and the 2008 Relief: A Quarterly Christian Expression Journal Poetry Award, among others.

This year he has been elected a member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. He has read his poetry both internationally, in Scotland, England, Croatia, the Netherlands, Sweden, and domestically, in Garden City, Huntington, Syosset, Babylon, Holbrook, in Amherst and Northampton, MA, Richmond, IN, Austin, TX, Stamford and Fairfield, CT, and Baltimore, MD, among others.

His poems have been published in journals and anthologies in Croatia, Italy, Hungary, Sweden, and Austria, among others. He is also known as an editor and translator of major of major American writers, including Saul Bellow, Bernard Malamud, Kurt Vonnegut, William Styron, James Baldwin,  Theodore Roethke, and e. e. cummings. In 2002 his Croatian publisher MeandarMedia published his integral edition/translation of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. Mario Susko received his M.A. and Ph.D. from SUNY Stony Brook in 1973 and teaches in the English Department at Nassau Community College.

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