About the Author

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Minnesota-born Susan Narayan is an author and editor who grew up in the suburbs of St. Paul, attending St. Olaf College and Cornell University. She has worked as a health educator in the Yemen Arab Republic and as an English teacher in Istanbul, Turkey.

Susan is the author of “Misjudged,” which won second place in American Literary Review’s 2007 nonfiction contest, and “Searching for Jesus in a Mosque,” which won Honorable Mention in New Millennium’s 2015 writing contest.

She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and her essays have appeared in The Levantine Review, REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, Bayou Magazine, Minnesota Medicine, The Rake, The Star Tribune, Colere, The Timberline Review, and Barzakh.


From Susan’s Blog

March 15, 2016: Unexpected Kindness

Our adult children, Angela and Greg, were visiting us in Istanbul. The first day of their visit, the four of us went to sightsee in the Old City. Before we left, Angela showed me one of her pretty, copper-colored, bejeweled Roman sandals. The sole was starting to split apart, and I told her we could glue it back together right away, that she should wear something else. But she wanted to wear that pair, so off we went. Read more >

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