Leah Souffrant is a founding cochair of the Poetics Group at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, where she is a doctoral candidate writing a dissertation entitled Plain, burned things. Her work examines twentieth century plain writing and poetics of silence and the unsayable in women’s literature and visual culture. Her research spans the modern and contemporary, with attention to feminist theory, trauma studies, phenomenology, and aesthetics. Souffrant’s research on the poetics of motherhood has appeared in WSQ, Women’s Studies Quarterly and her writing has appeared recently in EOAGH, Tygerburning, Delirious Hem, the Burnside Review. In 2007 she was awarded a Fellowship in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She lives in Brooklyn.