Meyers Publishes Two Books

Written by Laura Paskin
September 23, 2014

English Professor Susan Meyers just published two books: Failing the Trapeze, Winner 2013 Nilsen Prize for a First Novel and Del Otro Lado: Literacy and Migration across the U.S.-Mexico Border. Both books draw on her personal experiences.

Failing the Trapeze, a historical novel about her family’s circus, which operated during the early part of the 20th century. When 15-year-old Theresa Williams, born into a family of trapeze artists, discovers a suicide’s body dangling from an oak tree in her family’s front yard, she knows immediately who the dead man is and embarks on an investigation that presses into family secrets and the eventual truth about Lawrence. Meyers will read from her novel at Elliott Bay Book Company at 5 p.m. on October 5 as part of a joint reading series through the Jack Straw Writers Program.

In Del Otro Lado: Literacy and Migration across the U.S.-Mexico Border, Meyers draws on her year-long ethnographic study in Mexico and the United States to analyze the literacy practices of Mexican-origin students on both sides of the border. Meyers reveals the history and policies that have shaped the literacy practices of Mexican-origin students, and she raises important questions about not only the obligation of the United States to educate migrant students, but also those students’ educational struggles and ways in which these difficulties can be overcome.

Meyers, class of 1999, received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota and PHD in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Arizona. She has published in Calyx, Dogwood, Oregon Humanities Journal, Wilderness House Literary Review, Rosebud Literary Magazine, The Minnesota Review, WomenArts Quarterly Journal, Gender and Education, and Community Literacy Journal. Meyers joined the English department in 2012.  

The English Department in the College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers degrees in literature, creative writing, writing studies, and film studies.