Susan Conley is an American non-fiction writer, novelist, poet, and creative writing professor. She lives in Portland, Maine, with her young sons Thorne and Aidan, and her husband, Tony Kieffer. A native of Maine, Susan left home to earn her B.A. from Middlebury College and her M.F.A. in creative writing from San Diego State University. After teaching poetry and literature at Emerson College in Boston, Susan returned to Portland. There she cofounded and, for two years, served as executive director of The Telling Room, a nonprofit creative writing center for students ages six to eighteen.
In 2007, Susan and her husband relocated their family to Beijing for a two and a half year stint. Susan’s memoir, The Foremost Good Fortune (Knopf 2011), chronicles her family’s move to Beijing, a cross-cultural odyssey through modern China and Susan’s experience of breast cancer there. O, The Oprah Magazine listed it as a Top Ten Pick for February, Slate Magazine chose it as “Book of the Week” in early March, and The Washington Post called it “a beautiful book about China and cancer and how to be an authentic, courageous human being.” Reviewers at many publications including The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, The U.K. Telegraph, and DownEast Magazine loudly concurred. http://www.susanconley.com
Susan’s presentation at The Big Book Club Getaway is sponsored by Middlesex Hospital.