The personal essay examines one piece of a life—an oddity or observation, a habit or hatred, a relationship or loss—through the author’s unique point of view. Great essayists situate personal topics within a broader context; they expose their humanness and, in doing so, connect to the humanness of us all. In this course, we’ll read and discuss a variety of personal essays and […]
Suzanne Farrell Smith is an experienced writer, teacher, and editor. She is the author of two books, both published in 2019: The Memory Sessions, a memoir from Bucknell University Press, and The Writing Shop: Putting Shop Back in Writing Workshop, a book on teaching writing from Brill | Sense. Suzanne’s writing includes creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, writing on writing, and writing for education. She appears in journals such as Kenyon Review, Post Road, River Teeth, and PANK, as well as several anthologies and academic publications. Her flash essay “If You Find a Mouse on a Glue Trap,” published in Brevity, won a Pushcart. A Connecticut native, Suzanne graduated from Trinity College and moved to Manhattan, where she taught elementary school. With an M.A. from The New School and an M.F.A. from Vermont College of Fine Arts, she taught writing and education at Manhattanville College and LIM College. Suzanne has served as a mentor in AWP’s Writer to Writer Program as well as a reader, peer reviewer, and editor for several publications, most recently Longridge Review. In 2015, Suzanne moved back to Connecticut, where she lives in a creek-cut valley with her husband and three sons.