Susan Henderson

Fiction Writer


Author's Bio

Susan Henderson is a Hawthornden International Fellow, a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Award. She is the author of the novels Up from the Blue and The Flicker of Old Dreams, both published by HarperCollins. Her latest won the Western Writers of America Spur Award, in the category of Best Western Contemporary Novel, and was chosen as an Honor Book for the Montana Book Award. Susan is a lifetime member of the National Book Critics Circle and the NAACP.  She lives in New York and blogs at the writer support group,

Literary agent: 
Gail Hochman of Brandt & Hochman Literary

Publications & Prizes

Not Quite What I Was Planning (Harper Perennial, 2008)
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008 (Houghton Mifflin, 2007)
The Future Dictionary of America (McSweeney's Books, 2004)
The Flicker of Old Dreams (HarperCollins Publishers, 2018)
Up from the Blue (HarperCollins Publishers, 2010)
Journals: , ,
Green Hills Literary Lantern
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North Atlantic Review
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Opium Magazine
Other Voices
Pittsburgh Quarterly
Prizes won: 

2019, Hawthornden International Fellow (a month-long, fully funded stay at the Hawthornden Castle in Midlothian, Scotland, thanks to funding from Drue Heinz).
2019, The Flicker of Old Dreams was selected by Women Writing the West for the WILLA Literary Award Winner in Contemporary Fiction.
2019, The Flicker of Old Dreams is a Finalist for the High Plains Book Awards in both the Fiction and Woman Writer categories. Winners announced in October.
2019, The Flicker of Old Dreams was selected for the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Western Contemporary Novel.
2019, The Flicker of Old Dreams was selected as an Honor Book for the Montana Book Awards.
2017, Pushcart Prize nomination for Individual Artist award
2016, Pushcart Prize nomination for Individual Artist award
2016, Pushcart Prize nomination for “Fish with Bent Fins,” published in New World Writing
2016, Pushcart Prize nomination for “Dead Eddie,” published in Elm Leaves Journal
2010, Robert Gray of Shelf Awareness selects Up from the Blue as a Top 10 of 2010
2010, The National Reading Group selects Up from the Blue as a 2010 Great Group Reads
2009, Lojo Foundation full scholarship to attend the Squaw Valley Community of Writers
2006, Pushcart Prize nomination for “Motorhead,” published in Amazon Shorts
2004, Pushcart Prize nomination for “Not So Much Excitement Around Here,” published in The Arkansas Review
2003, Green Hills Literary Lantern Fiction Contest, judged by DeWitt Henry, Honorable Mention for “Only Green Things”
2003, Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation grant
2002, Alsop Review Fiction Contest, First Place for “Spider Girl”
1989, Academy of American Poets Prize
1989, Adamson Award, Poetry, First Place
1989, Adamson Award, Fiction, Honorable Mention
1989, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Personal Essay, First Place

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
James Baldwin, William Maxwell, Shirley Jackson, Toni Morrison, Tim O'Brien, Kent Haruf, William Gass, Zora Neale Hurston, John Steinbeck, Albert Camus.
What I'm reading now: 
Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith, The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

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Born in: 
Palo Alto
Raised in: 
Arlington, VA
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Last update: Aug 08, 2019