Marsha Bryant grew up in Memphis and studied at the Universities of Tennessee and Illinois. At the University of Florida, she teaches courses in poetry, women's literature, modernist studies, and cultural studies.
Her most popular courses are Women's Poetry, Modern British Poetry, Desperate Domesticity: the American 1950s, and Post-Punk Cultures: The British 80s. Bryant is a three-time Teacher of the Year for UF's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Her latest book, Women's Poetry and Popular Culture (Palgrave, 2011), received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Bryant's earlier books about literature and visual culture are Auden and Documentary in the 1930s (Virginia, 1997) and the edited collection Photo-Textualities: Reading Photographs and Literature (Delaware, 1996). She has also contributed chapters to the collections The Unraveling Archive: Essays on Sylvia Plath (Michigan, 2007) and Approaches to Teaching H.D.'s Poetry and Prose (MLA, 2011). The latter essay is one of several collaborations with Mary Ann Eaverly, a Classical archaeologist.
Bryant's interdisciplinary research puts literature in dialogue with a diversity of materials, including advertising, art, Egyptology, film, magazines, and music. On the conference circuit, she is especially active in the Modernist Studies Association. Outside of teaching and research, she enjoys her family, choral singing, farmers' markets, and watching roller derby.