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Susan grew up in New York City and Connecticut, and lived with her family for two years on Mallorca. She received a Master's degree in Education from Harvard University and a Master of Fine Arts from Goddard College. She has been a writer in residence at the University of Maine at Orono, and was given a summer residency at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York.

The author of nine books, Susan has written for several magazines, including Down EastYankeeand Audubon MagazineShe was a contributing writer for Maine Times for many years, writing essays and articles on wild lands and wildlife, and the people who work with them. 

Susan's book Settled In The Wild won the The Maine Literary Award for Best Nonfiction from the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance in 2011. Susan has also been awarded two Maine Arts Commission grants and a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. In 2017, she received an Alfred P. Sloan grant to complete her newest book, Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water's Edge. In December 2018, Seaweed Chronicles was announced as a longlist finalist for the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. The book has been selected for the shortlist as a 2019 New England Society (NES) Book Awards finalist in the Specialty Title category.