Susan Power
Fiction Writer
Saint Paul, MN
2006 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by Agnes Gund.

Susan Power received a law degree from Harvard University in 1986 and turned to writing fiction after reading the works of Native American writer Louise Erdrich. Power is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux, and her stories are informed by her Native heritage. She received an MFA from the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop in 1992. She has published two books,The Grassdancer, which won PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Fiction, andRoofwalker. She has served as writer in residence at Princeton University and has received a Radcliffe Bunting Institute Fellowship. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in magazines such as theAtlantic Monthly, theParis Review, andHarper’s Bazaar, and in anthologies such asBest American Short Stories, 1993,Reinventing the Enemy’s Language, andThe Paris Review Book of Heartbreak . . . and Everything Else in the World since 1953. She is a board member of the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. Power frequently gives lectures on multicultural and Native issues.

Portrait photo courtesy Rebecca Dallinger.