Susette N. Brooks


Susette N. 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 poem, Paterson. Susette holds a Master of Fine Arts in nonfiction from Goucher College, a Master of Arts in writing from Rowan University where she earned the 2016 Denise Gess Literary Award, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from William Paterson University. She is the former creative nonfiction editor at Philadelphia Stories and now serves on the editorial board. She is a public affairs officer in the New Jersey Army National Guard and has taught writing courses at various colleges. Susette lives in Philadelphia.


Professional Communicator

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.


Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator
New Jersey State Library
September 2019 to Present

Military Liaison
The Office of NJ Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly
May 2019 to Present

Creative Nonfiction Editorial Board Member
Philadelphia Stories
January 2019 to Present

Public Affairs Officer
New Jersey Army National Guard
September 2017 to Present

Civilian Education

MFA in Nonfiction
Goucher College

MA in Writing
Rowan University

BA in English
William Paterson University

Military Education

Public Affairs Qualification Course
Department of Defense Information School

Basic Officer Leadership Course
Army Logistics University

Officer Candidate School
New Jersey Army National Guard


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“Look Away”

Memoir | Philadelphia Stories | October 12, 2019


“Dispelling Myths: Why Well-Read Black Girl is the Anthology We All Need”

Book Review | Proximity Magazine | January 17, 2019


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