Susan Cushman was co-director of the 2013 and 2010 Oxford (Mississippi) Creative Nonfiction Conferences. She was director of the 2011 Memphis Creative Nonfiction Workshop. She was a panelist at the 2017 Mississippi Book Festival, the 2017 Decatur Book Festival, the 2017 Southern Festival of Books, the 2013 Louisiana Book Festival and the 2012 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, a speaker at the 2012 Creative Nonfiction at the Crossroads workshop in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and a panelist at the 2009 Southern Women Writers Conference (Berry College, Rome, Georgia).
Susan's book, "Tangles and Plaques: A Mother and Daughter Face Alzheimer's," was released January 31, 2017 by eLectio Publishing. She is editor of "A Second Blooming: Becoming the Women We Are Meant to Be," released from Mercer University Press on February 13, 2017. Her novel, "Cherry Bomb," was published in August 2017 by Dogwood Press. She is currently editing another collection of essays, "Southern Writers on Writing," coming from University Press of Mississippi in 2018.
She has essays in four anthologies: "Take Care: Tales, Tips and Love From Women Caregivers", (May 2017), "Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women" (SheWrites Press, March, 2015), "The Shoe Burnin': Stories of Southern Soul" (River's Edge Media, November, 2013), and "Circling Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality" (University of Alabama Press, 2012). Her feature-length piece, “Icons Will Save the World,” was published in First Things: The Journal of Religion, Culture and Public Life. Her essay, “Blocked,” was a finalist in the Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards, and was published in sfwp Journal. Susan’s story of her Korean son’s search for his birth mother, “The Other Woman,” appeared in Mom Writers Literary Magazine. A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Susan’s efforts to embrace her cultural roots while exploring an unconventional spiritual path are reflected in essays such as “myPod,” “Burying Saint Joseph,” and “Super-Sized Enlightenment,” which were all published in skirt! Magazine. Her essay, “Watching” (St. Katherine Review, Vol. I No. 2) chronicles her experience caring for her father, and later a dear friend, in the last days of their lives.