The Creator State: Susan Straight


Susan Straight:

In the Country of Women 

Susan Straight was born in Riverside and still proudly calls it home. Learning this about her comes as a surprise to many. But for Susan, the best, most powerful stories often begin at home.

In her new memoir, “In the Country of Women,” Susan explores home, the intricacies of family, and the stories of her family’s female ancestors.

Susan is a distinguished professor of creative writing at UC Riverside, where she has taught since 1988. She has published eight novels including “Highwire Moon,” “Between Heaven and Here,” and “A Million Nightingales.” She has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the National Magazine Award. 

Join host Rickerby Hinds for an insightful conversation with acclaimed author Susan Straight as we discuss what she calls “those who leave and those who stay,” writing, life, her love for Riverside, and the inspiring power and resiliency of women. 

More from this episode:  

  • “In the Country of Women” by Susan Straight will be published August 6, 2019 by Catapult Books.
  • Los Angeles Times features a reflection by Susan Straight on the transportive power of summer reading in the wake of finishing her new memoir.
  • Susan Straight’s website.


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