Hometown: St. Paul, MN


Dates in Sitka: 2010-01

Susan Power received a law degree from Harvard University in 1986 and turned to creative writing after reading the works of Native American writer Louise Erdrich. Susan is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux, and her stories are informed by her Native heritage. She received an MFA from the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop in 1992. She has published two books,The Grass Dancer, which won PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Fiction, and Roofwalker. She has served as writer-in-residence at Princeton University and has received a Radcliffe Bunting Institute Fellowship. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in magazines such as the Atlantic Monthly, the Paris Review, and Harper’s Bazaar, and in anthologies such as Best American Short Stories 1993, Reinventing the Enemy’s Language, and The Paris Review Book of Heartbreak . . . and Everything Else in the World since 1953. She teaches at Hamline University in Minnesota.
Susan came to Sitka through collaboration with the United States Artists and the Rasmuson Foundation. She was the US Artist Gund Fellow in Literature for 2006.