Susan Stinson is the author of Spider in a Tree (Small Beer, 2013) and winner of Lambda Literary’s Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize. Her other novels are the Lambda Literary finalist Venus of Chalk (Firebrand, 2004); Martha Moody (Spinsters, 1995); and Fat Girl Dances with Rocks (Spinsters, 1994). Her chapbook of poetry and short essays is Belly Songs: In Celebration of Fat Women (Orogeny, 1993). A new German edition of Martha Moody has been reissued in both paperback and as an ebook (Martha flog auf der Engelskuh, Fischer, 2017).

Spider in a Tree is set in eighteenth-century Northampton, MA, during the time of the preacher, theologian, and slave owner Jonathan Edwards, best known for his sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” in which a sinner is compared to a spider. In this novel, sometimes spiders and insects preach back. Stinson is currently at work on Lamentation Hill, set in sixteenth-century Hartford, CT, and inspired by the life of Elizabeth Tuttle, who was the wild grandmother of Jonathan Edwards.

She has received grants, residencies, and fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, Hawthornden Castle, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the Norcroft Writing Retreat, the Blue Mountain Center, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, the Vogelstein Foundation, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Banff School of Fine Arts. She has published fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, and poetry in many journals, including Strange Horizons and the website for the Interstitial Arts Foundation. She reviews most frequently for Lambda Literary Review. Stinson has given more than a hundred readings and talks at bookstores, colleges, bars, and conferences, including keynotes at Write/Angles (South Hadley, MA), NAAFA (Boston), and Women Living Large (Seattle).

Stinson lives in Northampton, MA, where she was writer-in-residence at Forbes Library, the local public library, for five years. She currently facilitates a drop-in writing room open to all at Forbes on Saturday mornings from September to May. In fall 2017, she will teach fiction writing at Amherst College.