Welcome to my site! I have an alter ego named Susanne Antonetta, who writes most of my prose. If you are looking for S.A.’s work, click on the Prose link. Check out Poetry too, written under my legal name of Suzanne Paola.
I have published nonfiction, A Mind Apart: Travels in a Neurodiverse World and Body Toxic, and poetry, most recently The Lives of the Saints. My work encompasses the environment, mental health and diversity, spirituality, the sciences,parenting and other subjects. Grants and awards include a New York Times Notable Book, an American Book Award, Ken Johnson/Nami award, best book of the year listings by Spirituality and Health, Science and Spirit, amazon.com, and Library Journal, a Pushcart, a finalist for poetry’s Lenore Marshall Award, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and other agencies.
I have a new book, Make Me a Mother, a memoir and study of adoption, coming out from W.W. Norton in February of 2014. Events promoting this book are listed under the Events link. Better yet, pre-order this book here.
I coauthored the nonfiction writing handbook and textbook Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining and Publishing Creative Nonfiction, with Brenda Miller. The second edition includes the text and writing prompts of the first edition, along with new sections on hypertext, blogging, multimedia, a step-by-step guide to publishing both individual essays and books, and much much more. A book website that contains essays, sample syllabi and other materials can be found here.
I teach half time at Western Washington University, which has an MFA; to learn more, go here. I am also part of the international faculty at the low residency MFA program located at City University in Hong Kong, China. For more information on this amazing program click here.
I am deeply involved with VIDA, the feminist, grassroots organization representing women in the literary arts. I love to talk about VIDA–write me if you’d like to hear more. I am also deeply involved with environmental activism.
I do many readings, short-term visiting writer stints, and teach at many writer’s conferences and festivals. I am also available for book clubs and class visits, both in person and via Skype. If you are interested in reaching me about a visit use the Contact link.
My literary agent is Jill Grinberg; for questions relating to literary representation she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org