Susette Nicole Brooks is a descendant of Paterson, New Jersey’s literary history, which includes being home to the young Allen Ginsberg and the inspiration for the William Carlos Williams epic poem, Paterson.
She is a recent graduate with a Master of Fine Arts in Nonfiction from Goucher College where she earned a three-year scholarship and wrote a memoir in essays called The Lies I Tell. The memoir’s narrator must come to terms with the worst parts of herself by examining the ways a sudden death, a troubled mother, and a confused identity colored her views of the world. The collection opens with a murder that sends her on an emotional journey that forces her to reckon with her past. Along the way, she realizes that she told herself, and perpetrated unto others, a series of critical lies, or coping mechanisms, that irreversibly deepened the fractures in her life.
Susette also holds a Master of Arts in Writing from Rowan University, where she earned the 2016 Denise Gess Literary Award for one of her essays, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from William Paterson University.
She is the former creative nonfiction editor at Philadelphia Stories and currently serves on the magazine’s editorial board. She is a public affairs officer in the New Jersey Army National Guard and teaches undergraduate composition courses at a community college.
Susette loves talking about her experiences and wants to hear about yours too, so feel free to reach out to her at any time via Linkedin or Twitter. She currently lives in the New York City Metro area.
Award-winning storyteller who translates complex ideas into compelling narratives that tell an organization’s story. Experience working for the military, non-profit startups, and academic institutions cultivated a uniquely diverse skillset that innovates fast-paced teams in evolving landscapes. Committed to creating symbiosis between multi-level communication strategies, educational efforts, and operational efficiency.
The Office of NJ Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly
May 2019 to Present
Report for America
Sep 2018 to Present
Adjunct (Composition Studies)
Community College of Baltimore County
Sep 2018 to Present
Public Affairs Officer
New Jersey Army National Guard
Sep 2017 to Present
Creative Nonfiction Editorial Board Member
Jan 2019 to Present
M.F.A. in Nonfiction
M.A. in Writing
B.A. in English
William Paterson University
Public Affairs Qualification Course
Department of Defense Information School
Basic Officer Leadership Course
Army Logistics University
Publications and Readings
“Dispelling Myths": Why Well-Read Black Girl is the Anthology We All Need”
Book Review | Proximity Magazine | January 17, 2019
Readings with Ralphie
Reading | Bird in Hand (Baltimore, MD) | April 4, 2018
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