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Suzanne Farrell Smith is a writer, editor, and teacher. Her work explores memory, trauma, health, education, and parenthood and has been published in numerous literary and scholarly journals. Recent pieces appear in Oh, Baby! True Stories about Conception, Adoption, Surrogacy, Pregnancy, Labor, and LoveCommunity Health Narratives; and Ascent.

Suzanne lives with her husband, three sons, and two cats, on the Byram River border between Connecticut and New York.

  1. I wonder if you’ve crossed paths with fellow writer and poet Hillary Keel?

  2. Jack Hoblitzell connected me to your blog! Fascinated. Look forward to getting more involved! I am “Press This-ing” your “I want to be remembered” post. :)

  3. So nice to meet you this way, Elizabeth. And so touched that Jack introduced you to my blog. He’s a dear friend from college. My husband and I are two of his biggest fans!

  4. Susan: Your book sounds great. I’m particularly interested in the questions and problems associated with memoir, memory and remembering. I’m working on a similarly-hybridic book: using science, memoir and family mythology to talk about love stories.

    When it comes to memory and storytelling, I think often of this quote by this quotation by Milan Kundera: “We immediately transform the present moment into its abstraction. We need only recount an episode we experienced a few hours ago: the dialogue contracts to a brief summary, the setting to a few general features… The present moment is unlike the memory of it. Remembering is not the negative of forgetting. Remembering is a form of forgetting.”

    Looking forward to reading more of your blog!

    • Mandy, thank you so much for dropping by and leaving a comment. That Kundera quote is telling. It reminds me of one of the very first things I learned about memory when I began my somewhat formal study of it: that forgetting is a necessary function performed by the brain. It seems counterintuitive, but writers like Kundera make it so clear!

  5. Just finished your article in the Writer’s Chronicle – Loved it.

    I’m currently working on my memoir about the healing journey I took from childhood abuse- learning as I write – I’m finding that each time I revisit a scene I’m able to go deeper into the experience and memories – and new information regarding the past is emerging. I’m writing in first person so I only know what I know at the age – am looking forward to tying the pieces together at the end.

    I was able to show some to my sister-in-law and she commented that reading it brought her back to that house (a good indication that I’m getting on target) and my brother said, “Now I know why she changed her name to Heather.”

    Is the book published? if so where can I get it, I’m curious to see how your journey went.

    Again, thanks for the article you wrote. By the way, my husband and I used to live on a houseboat in the 79th Street Boat Basin.


    • Thanks for writing, Heather! “Learning as I write” sounds about right. I didn’t know I was writing a book for the first three years I was writing it. I had a lot of catching up to do when I figure it out… anyways, it’s on submission at several presses, so I’m crossing my fingers something works out.

      Revisiting the scenes, as you say, sounds like it could be difficult, even painful, but ultimately rewarding as you find more and more. I’m wishing you so much on your journey to finish this book, which for writers like us, feels more like finishing a major growth spurt in our health, happiness, and well-being. Good luck good luck good luck!

      And a houseboat – what terrific NYC real estate…

  6. Hi, Suzanne! How are you? Thanks for following my blog. I actually write over at now. Your interest in memory is something I’d love to talk to you about. Maybe I’ll see you at Anna-Bain’s one of these days & we can chat.

    • Hi Nancy! So nice to see you here. Thanks for the link to your current blog. It’s in my reader now. Excited to connect with you through your writing!

  7. Suzanne, I just read your piece “Genetic Tribe of One.” How unique:). I am new to this literary journal thing, but your title caught my attention. I am having a love hate relationship with my adult onset asthma these day and your piece made me feel less “unique.”

  8. Thank you for visiting and writing, Melody. I’m so sorry not to have responded earlier. I haven’t been here in a few weeks, which I now regret! Asthma, in whatever form or intensity, is no fun. I’m glad we can commiserate through this piece, though I’m interested in the love half of your love/hate relationship with the condition!

  9. Hi Suzanne,
    I love your website. Someday, I’ve got to make one myself, and I’m going to use yours as a model. It sounds like you’re busy with editing, writing, and, I’d imagine, taking care of your son. I still remember how friendly you were to me at Martin Hall that summer you graduated from VCFA. Keep writing.

  10. Justin Soward permalink

    Hello Suzanne,

    Do you by any chance have a more direct means of contact? I have been recently trying to get in contact with your husband whom, if I have the right person, was a good internet friend of mine from the previous decade and so far my efforts have been in vain.

    My apologies for asking so directly (I hope you don’t mind), but I know of no other means of contact.

    • I asked my husband, but unfortunately he doesn’t know you. So it’s not him … you’ll have to keep looking, I’m sorry to say!

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