Susan Austin was a James Michener Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin where she earned her MFA. Her work is informed by the natural world, the reverence and irreverence of illness and recovery, and the impact of silencing war. She is currently working on a project that explores the intersection of visual art and healing. Her writing has appeared in The Cincinnati Review, BOAAT, High Desert Journal, Hanging Loose, Borderlands, among others. She is a librarian at a small rural library where 1000 paper cranes hang from the ceiling. She lives and writes on the west slope of the Teton range.