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Susan Rebecca White is the author of four novels: Bound South, A Soft Place to Land, A Place at the Table, and We Are All Good People Here. A graduate of Brown University and the MFA program at Hollins University, Susan has taught creative writing at Hollins, Emory, SCAD, and Mercer University, where she was the Ferrol A. Sams, Jr. Distinguished Chair of English Writer-in-Residence. An Atlanta native, Susan lives in Atlanta with her husband and son.
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Born and raised in Atlanta, Susan Rebecca White earned a BA in English from Brown University, then moved to San Francisco, where she taught and waited tables for several years, before moving to Virginia to earn her MFA in creative writing from Hollins University. At Hollins, she was a teaching fellow and the recipient of the James Purdy prize for outstanding fiction.
Susan’s debut novel, Bound South, received wide critical acclaim and was shortlisted for the Townsend Prize. Bound South was followed by A Soft Place to Land, also critically acclaimed and a Target “Club Pick.” Susan’s third novel, A Place at the Table was a finalist for the 2014 Townsend Prize and a Target “Club Pick.” The American Booksellers Association included A Place at the Table on its “Indie Next List” and the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) selected A Place at the Table as a 2013 Summer “Okra Pick.” Susan’s latest, We Are All Good People Here, was an the August 2019 Indie Next List and received all sorts of lovely critical praise. Of it, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said, “With a surgeon’s delicate precision, White examines sensitive and timely topics such as race, gender inequality, sexual abuse, religion and sexuality.”
Susan has been invited to festivals and book events around the country and has been a speaker at numerous academic and cultural institutions, including SCAD Atlanta, the Carter Center Library, the Margaret Mitchell house, Birmingham’s Hoover library, and the Oliver Wolcott Library in Litchfield, Ct. Her essays and nonfiction have been featured in places such as The LA Review of Books, Tin House, Salon, The Bitter Southerner, and Atlanta magazine. She currently lives in Atlanta, where she has taught creative writing at Emory University and at SCAD Atlanta. In the spring of 2017, Susan was the Ferrol A. Sams Jr. Distinguished Chair of English writer-in-residence at Mercer University. Susan is married to Sam Reid, also an Atlanta native. They have one son.
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