Suzanne McConnell holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Arkansas and an MFA in Fiction Writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, her stories, essays, and poems have appeared in such publications as The Huffington Post, The Hamilton Stone Review, The Saint Ann’s Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Calyx, Green Mountains Review, The Fiddlehead, Personal Fiction Writing, Poets & Writers, HalfthePlanet.com, Cape Women, Earth’s Daughters, A Sense of Place, and Discovery Channel Publishing’s Travel Series. She has been granted residencies at Villa Montalvo Center for the Arts, Ucross Foundation, and Dorland Mountain Arts Colony. She teaches writing and literature at Hunter College and is the Scholar/Facillitor for New Jersey’s Literature and Medicine programs at the University of Medicine and Dentistry, and at the Department of Veteran Affairs. She has been an editor and writing coach for Greenline Publishing Consultants as well as free-lance, and is Fiction Editor for the Bellevue Literary Review. An excerpt from her first novel won Second Prize in So To Speak‘s 2008 Fiction Contest, and the novel, Fence of Earth, a finalist for the James Fellowship for Novel in Progress, is now available for publication.
Currently, she is writing a book on Kurt Vonnegut’s advice on writing. Entitled Vonnegut’s Pearls, it will be published as an e-book by Rosetta Books and in hard cover by Seven Stories Press.
She grew up in San Diego, attending Grossmont High School and San Diego State College. She lives in New York City and Wellfleet, Massachusetts with her husband, a sculptor, Gary Kuehn.