Mackenzie Suess
Engaged Arts and Humanities Scholar 2019–20

Mackenzie Suess’ writing and teaching is concerned with geographic place, magic, the body, and our relationships to all three. She explores these intersections through “pop” genres like fantasy and horror, as well as mythology and fairytales, which means her work often involves literal transformations from human into animal, river, ghost, or other non-human beings. For Suess, writing into monsters and magic opens up language for the seemingly “impossible” experience of being human–with all its tangle of joy and grief. She’s currently in the early stages of exploring a cross-disciplinary project at the intersection of storytelling, somatic-engagement, and mental health.