Susan Conley lived in Beijing for over two years, and returned to Portland, Maine, with her husband and two sons in December 2009. She is cofounder of the Telling Room, a writer’s workshop and literary hub for the region. Before this, she worked as an associate editor at Ploughshares and led creative writing and literature seminars at Emerson College in Boston. Her work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, The Harvard Review, Ploughshares, and other literary magazines. She is currently working on a novel and settling back into life in the States.