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Portland Press Herald features Susan Conley - author, USM faculty, and Telling Room founder

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Susan Conley, author, and faculty at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing program was featured in the Portland Press Herald for her new novel “Elsey Come Home” (Alfred A. Knopf, $25.95). The new book "deals with themes Conley has been exploring and giving voice to for years, including the importance of place and the challenges of modern motherhood," and will be released January 15.

“There was a belief by many that you were going to meet these great ambitions, and it was going to be easy, but there are enormous compromises to be made,” said Conley. “I think it’s a story that resonates with other women, who realize they can’t do it all either, and this deep sense of guilt of having these ambitions.”

"Since her college days, Conley has found her own storytelling voice in a variety of forms, including poetry, a memoir and two novels. She’s also helped thousands of Mainers – men and boys, women and girls – find their own voices as a co-founder of The Telling Room, a nationally recognized nonprofit writing center in Portland, and as a teacher in the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast writing program."

Conley will give a talk at the Stonecoast Winter Residency on Sunday, January 13, at 7:00 p.m. "In Conversation: Women, Risk and Power in Fiction," at the Harraseeket Inn, in Freeport. She is also having a book launch for her new novel on Thursday, January 17, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Print: A Bookstore in Portland; she’ll sign books and field questions from the audience. 

Read the full feature at the Portland Press Herald.