Susan Kirby-Smith is also joining us at February’s salon. Susan can simultaneously entertain and fascinate with her wry humor and skillful text message-sized nuggets of wisdom and sharp observation. She is the only person I know who could, if prompted, connect the scented candle trend with modern-day feminism thoughtfully. And she also makes funny possible. I trust her.
Susan Kirby-Smith is primarily a fiction writer and editor. Her fiction has appeared in Kill Author and The Wordstock Ten. She has served on the editorial staffs of The Southern Review, LSU Press, Carolina Wren Press, and Cave Wall. She currently edits the student blog of an intensive English school and directs a writing center at the school. She also critiques manuscripts of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for the North Carolina Writers’ Network and privately. She has been at work on one novel or another for more than ten years, and before that, it was plays. Since her undergraduate degree in English focused on dramatic literature, that makes sense. She also writes stories and occasionally a poem.
She holds an M.A. in Renaissance literature. Her parents, partner, and almost all her close friends are poets. They’re all constantly taking her on luxurious vacations and buying her expensive presents with all their poetry money. Susan’s favorite things are: novels with good dialogue, old buildings, coffee, cheese and wine, absurdist theater, trains, animals, etymology, hotels, tropical plants, large bodies of water.