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Susan Stinson

Author's Bio

Susan is a novelist, essayist, and poet. She is also a writing coach and editor. She runs a writing room every Saturday morning at Forbes Library, the public library in Northampton, MA, where she was Writer in Residence for five years. The writing room is free and open to all. Susan’s most recent novel, Spider in a Tree, was published in 2013 by Small Beer Press. Spider in a Tree is about eighteenth century preacher. theologian, and slave-owner Jonathan Edwards. She speaks on literary and historical topics such as researching a novel, and also on issues related to fatness and queerness.

Publications and Prizes

SPIDER IN A TREE (Small Beer Press, 2013), Venus of Chalk (Firebrand Books, 2004), Martha Moody (Spinsters Ink, 1995), Fat Girl Dances With Rocks (Spinsters Ink, 1994)
Fat Studies Reader (University of California Press, 2008), Strange History of Suzanne Lafleshe (Feminist Press, 2004)
Curve, Diva, Kenyon Review, Necessary Fiction, Seneca Review
In 2016, a writing residency at Hawthornden Castle in Edinburgh and a creative artist research grant at the American Antiquarian Society. Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize, Lambda Literary Foundation; Grants from Vogelstein Foundation and the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Fund, as well as writing residencies at the Banff School of Fine Arts, the Blue Mountain Center, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Norcroft, and the Millay Colony.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Words Are My Matter by Ursula K. Le Guin, Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante, The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson, The River's Memory by Sandra Gail Lambert, The Marrow's Telling by Eli Clare
Favorite Books:
Beloved by Toni Morrison; The Notorious Elizabeth Tuttle by Ava Chamberlain; The Moor's Account by Laila Lalami; Moby Dick by Herman Melville; Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel
Favorite Authors:
Toni Morrison. Junot Diaz. James Baldwin. Adrienne Rich. Robert Creeley. Kelly Link. Elizabeth McCracken. Emma Donoghue. Colson Whitehead. Sarah Waters. Ursula K. Le Guin.

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Listing last updated: October 13, 2016

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Fiction Writer, Poet
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Born in:
Amarillo, TX
Raised in:
Denver, CO

Upcoming Readings and Workshops

  • June 3, 2017
    Shape and Nature Press (Workshop)
    Pontelandolfo, MA

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