Enzo Silon Surin


Boston, MA

Author's Bio

Enzo Silon Surin is a Haitian-born poet, educator, publisher and social advocate.

He is the author of three collections of poetry, When My Body Was A Clinched Fist (Black Lawrence Press, 2020), and the chapbooks, A Letter of Resignation: An American Libretto (2017), and Higher Ground (2006). He is the recipient of a Brother Thomas Fellowship from the Boston Foundation, a Denis Diderot [A-i-R] Grant as Artist-in-Residence at Chateau d’Orquevaux in France and a PEN New England Discovery Award (Celebrated New Voice in Poetry). 

Surin work gives voice to experiences that take place in what he calls “broken spaces” and has been featured in numerous publications. His poems were recently commissioned by the Boston Lyric Opera and will be performed as part of the 2021 Boston Opera Collaborative project “Love in the Time of…” which is based on the Robert Schumann’s masterpiece song cycle Dichterliebe and “dwells on the possibility and impossibility of love amidst all the promise, the turmoil, the wonder and the heartache of the 21st century.”

He is a professor of English at Bunker Hill Community College and Founding Editor and Publisher at Central Square Press.

Publications & Prizes

Black Immigrants in the United States: Essays on the Politics of Race, Language and Voice (Peter Lang Publishing, 2020)
The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket Books, 2015)
When My Body Was A Clinched Fist (Black Lawrence Press, 2020)
A Letter of Resignation: An American Libretto (Central Square Press, 2017)
Higher Ground (Finishing Line Press, 2006)
Crab Orchard Review
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Pine Island Journal
Poetry Magazine
Red River Review
Reverie: Midwest African American Literature
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sx salon
The Caribbean Writer
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Prizes won: 
  • Artist-in-Residence Denis Diderot [A-i-R] Grant (Château d'Orquevaux Artist Residency)
  • Brother Thomas Fellowship (The Boston Foundation)
  • PEN New England Discovery Award (Celebrated New Voice in Poetry)
  • Boston Mayor's Poetry and Prose Competition
  • David L. Osgood Poetry Prize

More Information

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Identifies as: 
African American, Haitian American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, At Risk Youth
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Queens, NY
New York
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Last update: Jan 31, 2021