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 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, 2018) 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, the environment, and disaster recovery, and provides other professional services.
Sue grew up in Center City Philadelphia but has now spent more than half her life in Virginia. She received a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources from Cornell University and 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.
Recipient of the 2017-2018 Charleston Research Grant, College of Charleston, Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture.
Finalist, 2015 Weatherford Award for best Appalachian books (for Shenandoah), March 2016.
Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence, 2012 - 2013, Johns Hopkins University M.A. in Writing Program.
Short List for Finalists, William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition in Narrative Nonfiction, Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society, for draft of Shenandoah, 2013.
Semi-Finalist, William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition in Essay, Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society, for "Scrabble Road," 2013.
1st place: TallGrass Writers Guild/Outrider Press (Chicago) nonfiction contest for "North River Roux" and publication in Deep Waters, Outrider Press, June 2012.
Honorable Mention: TallGrass Writers Guild/Outrider Press (Chicago) nonfiction contest for "Stranded" (chapter from Shenandoah) and publication in The Mountain, Outrider Press, June 2014.
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