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Susan Ito

Instructor: Contemporary Women’s Stories; Generational Histories: Writing About Family

Susan Ito co-edited the literary anthology A Ghost At Heart’s Edge: Stories & Poems of Adoption. Her work has appeared in The Writer, Growing Up Asian American, Choice, Hip Mama, Literary Mama, Catapult, Hyphen, The Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere. She is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and has also been awarded residencies at The Mesa Refuge, Hedgebrook, and the Blue Mountain Center. 

She has performed her solo show, The Ice Cream Gene, around the U.S. Her theatrical adaption of Untold, stories of reproductive stigma, was produced at Brava Theater. She is a member of the Writers’ Grotto, and  was one of the co-organizers of Rooted and Written, a writing workshop for writers of color. She has developed and taught elective courses in our MFA, and also teaches at Mills College at Northeastern University. Her memoir, Half & Half: A Japanese American Adopted Life, is forthcoming in Fall 2023 from Ohio State University Press/Machete Press.

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