Sue is the author of Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal and a contributing author to The New York Times Disunion: A History of the Civil War. She is at work on a new book as well. She writes about her passions: history, travel, culture, hiking, nature, relationships, and life. She has also written about food, health, and medicine. Her work has been listed among the "Notable Essays of the Year" in The Best American Essays (2009, 2010, 2013, 2016) and has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Washingtonian, The Gettysburg Review,Potomac Review, Still: The Journal, Blue Lyra Review, Hunger Mountain, Virginia Living, The Forward, and other publications. She is a five-time Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She teaches at the Johns Hopkins University M.A. in Writing Program and the M.A. in Science Writing Programs. She is also a consultant, working with an international firm on issues of health, education, social programs, and the environment, and provides other professional services.
Sue grew up in Center City Philadelphia but has now spent more than half her life in Virginia, though she realizes this will never qualify her as a true Southerner. She received a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources from Cornell University and then spent more than 20 years as a consultant in environmental policy and communications to assist federal agencies in Washington, DC. She later obtained her Master of Arts in Writing from the Johns Hopkins University, where she is now a faculty member.
Sue's varied interests are reflected in her writing--from Civil War history to weather catastrophes to personal friendships and travel journeys. She lives with her husband, Neil, and cat, Arlo, in Northern Virginia.