Susan E. Thurston Hamerski is a writer of prose and poetry. Her work has appeared in many journals and publications, including Minnesota Monthly, Fox Cry Review, Icon, Sidewalks; the anthology Tremors, Vibrations Enough to Rearrange the World; and the chapbook Wild Bone Season.
She has completed a book of recent poems entitled Map of Longing. While her agent is looking for a publisher of her novel Sister of Grendel, Susan is writing short-short fiction, and drafting and noodling around with three other novels. One of them will claim her full attention soon, she hopes.
Her work has earned awards and honors, including a Pushcart Prize nomination, Hart Crane Poetry Award, Lake Superior Writers Series Competition award in poetry, and a finalist in the Loft Children's Literature Contest.
Recently, she co-wrote and co-produced the play Dinner with Medusa, in which she also performed during the 2005 Fringe Festival in Minneapolis.
An administrator in the College of Continuing Education at the University of Minnesota, she has been a crew member for a hobbyist Formula Ford race car driver, journalist, barista in a coffee shop during graduate school at Hamline University, co-owner and operator of a used bookstore, writer of corporate and foundation grant proposals, private college administrator, and teacher of writing. She knows how to milk a cow, pack a hot-air balloon, and fish-tape electrical wiring through walls. She rarely drives the speed limit, and aspires to one day live full-time in a houseboat on the Mississippi River and speak Italian. Her favorite people in the world are daughter Madeleine and son Samuel. She lives with her family and among amazing friends in St. Paul, Minnesota.
She is an avid keeper of a personal journal, and has taught the subject of journal writing frequently.
And no, it does not bother her that the University of Minnesota's mascot is a rodent; she happens to like gophers. Some of them were her friends while growing up on a farm in south-central Minnesota.