Susan Harlan is a writer based in Winston-Salem, NC, who is particularly interested in the relationship between place, memory, and objects. Her essays have appeared in publications including The Guardian US, The Paris Review Daily, Guernica, Roads & Kingdoms, The Morning News, The Awl, Curbed, Atlas Obscura, Nowhere, The Common, Literary Hub, The Bitter Southerner, The Brooklyn Quarterly, and Public Books.
Susan writes about feminist issues for venues such as Jezebel, Literary Mothers, The Toast, The Feminist Wire, DAME, Skirt!, The Establishment, The Manifest-Station, The South Carolina Review, The Belladonna, Queen Mob's Tea House, and The Hairpin. She also writes satire for venues such as McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Avidly, Janice, The Synapse, and The Billfold.
She holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from New York University and an M.A. in English Renaissance theater history from King’s College London and teaches English at Wake Forest University. She has given talks about death culture, war and militarism, and the life of objects at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn and the New York Public Library. Her book Luggage was published in the Bloomsbury series Object Lessons in March 2018. And her book Decorating a Room of One's Own, a humorous mash-up of home design reportage and literary homes based on her column for The Toast, will be published by Abrams in October 2018.
Representation: Jim McCarthy of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret Literary Management.