About Susan

Susan McCallum-Smith
  • Author photo courtesy Jason Okutake

Susan McCallum Smith is a writer, a reviewer and a teacher.

Her honors include recognition by Best American Essays, a Pushcart Prize – for which she has been nominated three times – and a Creative Writing Fellowship from the United States National Endowment for the Arts.

She has been a fiction award finalist several times, including at Gulf Coast, New Millennium Writings, The Cincinnati Review, New Letters, and Mid-American Review, and in 2014 received the Walter Sullivan Prize from The Sewanee Review.

Her work has appeared in The Southern Review, AGNI, The Gettysburg Review, The Baltimore Review, the Scottish Review of Books, the Dublin Review of Books, TriQuarterly, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Fifth Wednesday Journal, The Sewanee Review, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. While living in Baltimore she wrote a regular book column for Urbanite magazine and was a contributing reviewer on air at WYPR, Maryland Public Radio.

Slipping the Moorings, her short story collection, was published in early 2009 in the United States by Entasis Press.

She has enjoyed artist residencies at Yaddo, Tyrone Guthrie, and Moniack Mhor. A graduate of the University of Glasgow, the Johns Hopkins University and the Writing Seminars at Bennington College, she lives in Scotland, where she is working on a nonfiction book, The Watermark, and an essay collection.

Occasionally she advises thesis students in the MA in Writing Program at the Johns Hopkins University, or with students pursuing a one-to-one independent study.  

As a freelance editor, she offers manuscript editorial assessments of adult literary fiction and nonfiction. 

Susan is represented by Matthew Turner at the literary agency Rogers, Coleridge and White. She is on Twitter @McCallum_Smith, on Instagram @stampanorak, and can be contacted here.