Susan 's novel, Spider in a Tree
, is about Northampton, Massachusetts in the time of Jonathan Edwards, the eighteenth century preacher and theologian best known for his sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God." Leah and Saul, enslaved in the Edwards household, are central to the story. Susan lives across Bridge Street from the Northampton cemetery where Jonathan Edwards and many of his family have memorials and graves. Time spent in that beautiful, place inspired the book.
Susan is now at work on a novel set in seventeenth century Connecticut. It is inspired by events in the life of Elizabeth Tuttle, Jonathan Edwards's grandmother. In 2016, she's got fellowships at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland and the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester in support of writing and research for this novel.
From Small Beer Press
"Like Jonathan Edwards, Stinson reads the natural world as well as Scripture, searching for meaning. But instead of the portents of an angry god, what she finds there is something numinous, complicated, and radiantly human."
Single minded, indomitable Carline is on a fast bus to Texas. This is one ride you won't want to miss."
I can think of no-one who writes with more love, passion, and precision about the pleasures of the body and the pleasures of the soul, and that nebulous intersection of body and soul.-Elizabeth McCracken
Susan Stinson's first novel is full of big, beautiful language and her main character, Char, is one of the best teenaged heroines I've ever met.-Judith Katz
Blog posts about being Writer in Residence at Forbes Library
Letter to my young, queer self. As seen on The View.
Essays on Teaching as Community; Jonathan Edwards; Henry James; Fiction and Misdirection; and Poetry in Northampton for the Public Humanist, hosted by the Massachusetts Humanities Council.
Read: Write Angles Conference interview
Gave keynote at 2015 WriteAngles Conference. Interview by author Ellen Meeropol.
"The rhetorical moves are unbelievable."
Audio: New interview with Rick Kleffel, The Agony Column, KUSP, Spider in a Tree
Listen: The Writer's Voice (syndicated radio show) 10.5.13
Interview by Drew Adamek about Susan's novel Spider in a Tree
Listen: River Runs Through Us 6 Final Episode
Russell Powell & Highlights from series. Includes Susan talking about writing Spider in a Tree.
Listen: Bill Newman Show WHMP 9.26.13
Smith College Workers Speak Out, then Susan on Spider in a Tree
Writing Life video
Susan talks with Paradise City Press about sustaining beautiful ambitions, having a structure, taboo topics and writing with others.
Lynne Gerber, Interview
Interview with Paul Lisicky
Interview with Sally Bellerose
Radio interview and reading, The Writer's Voice, WMUA and syndicated.
Interview with Susan Stinson by Francesca Rhiannon starts at 42:41, after some great Roethke poems. Most of the show is an interview with novelist Nicholson Baker. Reading from Spider In A Tree.
Webcast of Millay Colony reading at Spotty Dog, Hudson, NY. WGXC
Not listed in the credits, but Susan Stinson is up first, reading from Spider in a Tree after a brief intro.
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