People at Writers House

Susan Osborn

Susan Osborn's publications include a novel, stories, poems, plays, a scholarly book, and over 100 articles, essays, and reviews for national and international literary, scholarly, and popular journals. Her last novel, Surviving the Wreck (Henry Holt and Co. and Econ Verlag), was hailed as "a work of genius. Never before have the intricacies of [family] bonds been so honestly and compellingly rendered."

See for more on the critical reception of Surviving the Wreck. She has been awarded residencies from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Byrdcliffe, and Dorset Colony House, and grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Princeton Research Forum, and Rutgers. She is currently completing a memoir, My Mother Shoes, and a collection of stories, Traveling by Night. Stories from that collection have been published in Exquisite Corpse and Orchid. Susan is also a scholar of Modern British and Irish literature. Her most recent book, Elizabeth Bowen: New Critical Perspectives, has been acclaimed as a “tour de force… This impressive contribution…will keep critics fascinated by Bowen’s writing for years to come."

For more on the critical reception of Elizabeth Bowen: New Critical Perspectives, see Susan also sits on the advisory board of the Trevor/Bowen Literary Festival and the Cork Writers’ School (



  • Ph.D. Rutgers University
  • M.A. Rutgers University
  • A.B. Vassar College