Susan Hartman

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Lecturer in English

M.F.A., Writing, Columbia University
B.A., Literature and Creative Writing, Kirkland College

Susan Hartman has written cover stories and profiles from places as different as Northern Ireland and Queens, Las Vegas and Brooklyn for The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and Newsday, often following her subjects for months, and she has teamed up with documentary photographers, telling intimate stories about people and communities far from the mainstream. 

She has profiled a Belfast boy, who needed a break from summer violence; a Chinese immigrant, who repairs watches on the street; and Ghanaian live-in aides - far from their homes in the Bronx - who’re united through a conference prayer call.

Her Jump Rope Girls multi-media project documents a group of women she first profiled for The Times when they were talented double-Dutch jumpers on a troubled Brooklyn block. Her book, City of Refugees—forthcoming from Beacon Press—is the story of three newcomers and the old industrial town they adopted.

She is the author of two books of poetry, Dumb Show and El Abogado, and a chapbook, Satyr.


English 120: Reading and Writing the Modern Essay, Residential College Seminar:  Feature Writing

City of Refugees

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