Susan Rukeyser writes and reads in Joshua Tree, California. She was a Senior Book Buyer for Baker & Taylor and Reviews Editor for Necessary Fiction. Her Creative Writing MA is from Lancaster University, UK. For a while she owned a tiny used bookstore in New York’s Hudson Valley. It was there she found inspiration for her debut novel, Not On Fire, Only Dying (Twisted Road Publications), an SPD Fiction Bestseller and finalist for the Lascaux Fiction Prize. Her short prose is collected in two chapbooks: Whatever Feels Like Home (above/ground press), and Swap / Meet (Space Cowboy Books). Susan founded World Split Open Press to publish select titles including Feckless Cunt: A Feminist Anthology and, most recently, And That Was That: An Abortion Memoir by Bonnie Brady. She created Joshua Tree’s feminist, queer, and otherwise radical Desert Split Open Mic and occasionally hosts events with local and visiting authors.
Susan’s short fiction, creative nonfiction, and multimedia work can be found in numerous places, online and in print, most recently in Okay Donkey Magazine, X-R-A-Y Lit Mag, Santa Ana River Review, and adapted for the Simultaneous Times podcast. Click HERE for a complete list.