Susan Conley is the author of four books including the forthcoming novel Elsey Come Home. Her memoir The Foremost Good Fortune, was an Oprah Magazine Top Ten Pick, an Entertainment Weekly Memoir to Read, and the winner of the Maine Literary Award for Memoir. Her novel Paris Was the Place was a People Magazine Top Pick, a Slate Magazine Summer Read, and an Elle Magazine Readers Prize Selection. Her third book, the photography collaboration Stop Here This is the Place, was a Real Simple Magazine Must Read and won the Maine Literary Award for Publishing Excellence.
Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Harvard Review and Ploughshares, among other publications. She's been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, The Maine Arts Commission, and the Massachusetts Arts Council. She grew up in Maine and lived in Vermont, California, Boston and China before moving back to Portland, Maine, where she currently lives with her husband and two boys. She teaches in the Stonecoast Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine and is the co-founder of the Telling Room, a creative writing lab.