Susan is the author of four critically acclaimed books. Her fifth book, Landslide, is a novel forthcoming with Knopf in February ‘21. Her previous book, Elsey Come Home, was also a novel published with Knopf in 2019. Elsey Come Home was a Most Anticipated/Best Book at Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, Pop Sugar, Amazon Books, Huffington Post, Southern Living Magazine, Hello Giggles, Maine Women’s Magazine, Fodors and others. Her writing has appeared in places like The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Harvard Review, The New England Review, and Ploughshares. She’s received multiple fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, as well as fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, The Maine Arts Commission, and the Massachusetts Arts Council. She grew up in Maine and lived and worked in Vermont, California, Boston, and Beijing before moving back to Portland, Maine, where she’s on the faculty of the Stonecoast Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine. She has also been a Tedx speaker and is the co-founder of the Telling Room, a creative writing lab for kids in Portland.