Who I Am

Susan is the author of five critically-acclaimed books, including her newest, best-selling novel LandslideA New York Times “Editor’s Choice”, a TODAY Show “Summer Read,” a “Best Book” by Good Morning America, The New York Post, Medium, Bustle, Biblio Lifestyle and others, as well as a Maine NPR Bookclub Pick. Her previous, best-selling novel, Elsey Come Home, was a Most Anticipated/Best Book at Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire, Pop Sugar, Huffington Post, Southern Living, Fodors, and an “Editor’s Choice” at Amazon. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, Lithub, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Harvard Review, and others. She’s been awarded 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's won the Maine Book Award and the Maine Award for Publishing Excellence and has been a featured Tedx Speaker, where her talk the "Power of Story," has been viewed widely. She’s taught at colleges and international art-residencies including Emerson College, Colby College, The University of Massachusetts, as the Jack Kerouac Visiting Fellow, The Haystack School, The Spannochia Foundation, La Napoule Foundation, and The Beijing Hutong. She’s on the faculty of the Stonecoast MFA Program and is co-founder of the Telling Room, a creative writing lab for kids in Portland, Maine.