College of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Zofia Burr

Zofia Burr

Zofia Burr

Associate Professor

Literature: African American literature; poetry

Zofia Burr has been a member of the English department since 1992.  Dr. Burr is the current and founding dean of the George Mason University Honors College where she teaches Multi-disciplinary Research Methods.  She received her MFA and her Ph.D. from Cornell University. Her main areas of research are African American literature, and the reception of modern American poetry. She is the author of Of Women, Poetry, and Power: Strategies of Address in the Poetry of Dickinson, Miles, Brooks, Lorde, and Angelou, and the editor of Set in Motion: Essays, Interviews, Dialogues, by A. R. Ammons.  Professor Burr is among the winners of George Mason University's Teaching Excellence Award.  For the last decade, her professional energies have been devoted to the development of Mason's Honors College. 

Selected Publications

Of Women, Poetry, and Power: Strategies of Address in Dickinson, Miles, Brooks, Lorde, and Angelou (U of Illinois Press, November) 2002.   

Expanded Publication List

(2006) Essay for Exhibit Catalog: “Soft Touch / Wondering Eye.,” Soft Touch / Wondering Eye. New York: Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, 10-14, 39-41

(2005) Encyclopedia Entry: “Audre Lorde,” Encyclopedia of Literature and Politics. M. Keith Booker. ed. (Greenwood Press)

(2005) Essay: “The Missing Teacher: The Early Correspondence between Josephine Miles and A.R. Ammons,” in Considering the Radiance: Essays on the Poetry of A.R. Ammons, David Burak and Roger Gilbert, eds. (Norton) 343-355

(2004) Edited Correspondence: “Josephine Miles and A.R. Ammons: The Early Correspondence.” Epoch 52.3 (Spring 2004) 563-591

(2002) Book: Of Women, Poetry, and Power: Strategies of Address in Dickinson, Miles, Brooks, Lorde, and Angelou (U of Illinois Press, November)     

(1997) Essay: “Emily Dickinson: The Making of a Poetic Touchstone,” Journal of the Poetry Society of America, 30-31

(1997) Essay: “In the Name of Audre Lorde: The Location of Poetry in the United States,” in Articulating the Global and the Local: Globalization and Cultural Studies, Ann Cvetkovich and Douglas Kellner, eds. (Westview Press) 184-204

(1996) Edited book: Set in Motion: Essays, Interviews,and Dialogues, by A.R. Ammons (Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P)

(1996) Interview: “Perversity, Propaganda, and Poetry: A Conversation with A.R. Ammons,” in Set in Motion: Essays, Interviews, and Dialogues pp.73-84

Education

1993 Ph.D in English at Cornell University
1990 MA in English at Cornell University
1987 MFA in Poetry at Cornell University
1982 BA cum laude in English at Sonoma State University

Dissertations Supervised

Stacey L. Cumberbatch , A Treaty Does Not Make a Community: Race and Migration in Barbados (2015)