April 2009

Marina del Rey, CA – Susan was born in Palo Alto, California, and holds a B.A. in American Civilization from Brown University.  Prior to her life as a writer, she led a varied career at the National Endowment for the Arts Literature Program, MSNBC, PBS and

At the Millay Colony for the Arts, Susan worked on a memoir about her Korean mother, a former Catholic nun in Taegu, South Korea; the white American father her mother married and raised a family with in northern California; and the biological father in Korea Susan discovered after her mother’s death.

Susan is delighted to also be at work on a collection of short stories.  Her fiction is about American children and immigrant parents, siblings, lovers, family both near and far.  It speaks to a generation born and raised in the United States.  Loss is a theme, but as in life, humor is key.

Susan’s fiction and nonfiction have received honors from:  “Glimmer Train,” the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, Writers at Work/“Quarterly West,” and Random House.  She has been awarded residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts in 2009 and Hedgebrook in 2007.

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