Heather Cass White is a Professor of English. She has been at the University of Alabama since 2000, after receiving a B.A. from Yale University, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. Her specialty is American poetry of the twentieth century. For ten years the primary focus of her research was the poetry of Marianne Moore (1886- 1972), one of the most important American poets of the interwar period. Her work resulted in three editions of Moore’s poetry: A- Quiver with Significance: Marianne Moore 1932-1936 (2008), Adversity and Grace: Marianne Moore1936-1941 (2012), and the New Collected Poems of Marianne Moore (2017). In 2019 New Collected Poems won the Modern Language Association’s Prize for a Scholarly Edition.
She teaches broadly in the literature of the American twentieth century, fiction as well as poetry. In July of 2021 Farrar, Straus & Giroux will publish her monograph Books Promiscuously Read: Reading as a Way of Life, on the pleasure and meaning of reading over the course of a lifetime.