Mario Susko, a witness and survivor of the war in Bosnia, received his M.A. and
Ph.D. from the State University of New York Stony Brook in the early 70s and has
lived in the US half of his adult life. He is the author of 34 poetry collections,
including Closing Time (2008), Epi/Logos (2011), Framing Memories (2011),
20/20 (with Renee Sigel, 2015) and The Auxiliary Time of Being (2016).
He is the recipient of numerous awards, including 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, Versus
Exsul, published in Croatia in 1999, the 2003 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for
Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities and the 2008 Relief: A Quarterly:
Christian Expression Poetry Award. In 2012 he was named Long Island Poet of
the Year by the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association and also elected member
of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. In 2013 he was named Nassau
County Poet Laureate and in 2015 was awarded the prestigious Goran’s Wreath
(Croatia) given to poets for their overall contribution to the art of poetry.
Mario’s poems have been published in journals and anthologies in Croatia, Italy,
India, Hungary, Great Britain, Sweden, Russia, the Netherlands and Austria,
among other countries. He is also known as an editor and translator of major American
writers, including, among others, Saul Bellow, William Styron, Bernard Malamud,
Kurt Vonnegut, James Baldwin, Theodore Roethke and e. e. cummings. In 2002
his Croatian publisher MeandarMedia published Susko’s integral edition/translation
of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass and in 2014 Harbor Mountain Press released
Surfacing: Contemporary Croatian Poetry, which Mario edited with Branko Cegec
and translated into English.
Mario Susko teaches in the English Department at SUNY Nassau Community
College, New York.